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2017 Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Apr. 28
Howard Bender
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Vladimir Tarasenko Headshot

Tarasenko tallied two goals, including one on the power play and the game-winner, and six shots in a 3-2 victory during Game 2 of the second round versus the Predators on Friday.

The 25-year-old has been relatively quiet this postseason, recording a goal and three points in the first six games, but maybe this will be his breakout performance. This is his first multi-point game of this playoffs. Last postseason, Tarasenko had two multi-goal games and four multi-point contests.
1:18 am (EST)
Pekka Rinne Headshot

Rinne allowed three goals on 20 shots in a 3-2 loss during Game 2 of the second round against the Blues on Friday. The series is now tied 1-1.

After posting a .976 save percentage in the first round, Rinne has looked considerably more human versus the Blues. Maybe that speaks to the offensive problems the Blackhawks were experiencing in the first series versus Nashville. No doubt, Rinne also played well versus Chicago, but he's officially cooled off. He only has a .880 save percentage through two games in the second round.
1:13 am (EST)
José Álvarez Headshot

Alvarez pitched a one-two-three inning to earn his first career save in Friday's 6-3 win over the Rangers.

With Bud Norris notching saves in each of the last two days, it was Alvarez who got the call with a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth. He made quick work of the home team, inducing a pair of goundouts and a flyout while needing just nine pitches to get the job done. Alvarez has pitched extremely well this season after earning a roster spot during the spring, and although Norris still figures to see most of the save opportunities in the absence of Cam Bedrosian (groin) and Andrew Bailey (shoulder), he could provide an alternative solution if the opportunity arises again in the meantime.
1:10 am (EST)
Nick Martínez Headshot

Martinez allowed three runs on five hits with no walks across six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Angels. He struck out seven.

Martinez was solid in his second start of the season, throwing 66 percent of his pitches for strikes and delivering uncharacteristic strikeout totals. His only real mistakes came back to haunt him, however, and came in the form of a solo home run by Yunel Escobar in the first inning and a two-run shot by Mike Trout in the sixth. The Rangers have been desperate for solid starting pitching this season and Martinez has been just that over 13 innings, with a 2.77 ERA, a 0.77 WHIP and a 6.9 K/9. He is not currently scheduled to make another start at this level, but the results have been so positive that the club could elect to alter their rotation to incorporate him.
1:02 am (EST)
Jake Allen Headshot

Allen turned away 22 of 24 shots Friday, en route to a Game 2 win over the Predators at home.

Allen and the Blues were down 2-1 in the third period before Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko scored a pair of goals for the Notes in succession to end the game. The final score being so close comes as a bit of a surprise, as Nashville allowed St. Louis to go on the man advantage five times. It's always recommended to check for official confirmations, but we see no reason why Allen won't be back for more in Game 3 on the road Sunday.
12:56 am (EST)
Ryan Ellis Headshot

Ellis' two points -- a goal and an assist -- weren't enough in Game 2 on Friday, as the Blues defeated the Predators 3-2 on the road.

Leading up to the goal, Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka had a lazy pass intercepted by Ellis that the defenseman absolutely blasted into the cage. He's now recorded a point in six of seven playoff games, handsomely rewarding poolies that went after him in fantasy playoff leagues.
12:43 am (EST)
Vernon Fiddler Headshot

Fiddler was ejected for a knee-on-knee hit on Blues defenseman Colton Parayko in Friday's Game 2 loss.

The NHL's Department of Player Safety will take a closer look at this play, which resulted in a kneeing major and game misconduct for Fiddler, who happened to be the one to provide the game-winning goal for the Predators in the series opener Wednesday.
12:22 am (EST)
C.J. Cron Headshot

Cron was forced to leave Friday's game against the Angels after fouling a ball off his foot, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Cron was on crutches as he left the stadium, but X-rays on his foot came back negative. He may need a day off or two, but it doesn't sound like this one will have major repercussions for Cron. Expect an update from the team before Saturday night's game.
12:10 am (EST)
Noah Syndergaard Headshot

Syndergaard (biceps) refused an MRI Friday after his throwing session and said he was feeling great and "ready to go on Sunday now," James Wagner of the New York Times reports.

It sounds like Syndergaard will make Sunday's scheduled starts against the Nationals. That said, it's less than reassuring that Syndergaard and the Mets didn't get confirmation from an MRI that his biceps are in shape to make the start. Hopefully Syndergaard's instincts are proven correct and he doesn't aggravate the injury.
12:07 am (EST)
Nick Ritchie Headshot

Ritchie's was excused from Friday's Game 2 against the Oilers due to flu-like symptoms.

It initially appeared that Ritchie was a healthy scratch in favor of Jared Boll, but the former being under the weather makes more sense given that -- under normal circumstances -- he can match Boll's level of grit without the team taking such a hit offensively. Consider Ritchie day-to-day ahead of Game 3 on the road Sunday.
12:04 am (EST)
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