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Miguel Cabrera Headshot

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Cabrera is not a candidate to hit second this year, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The Tigers don't have a prototypical No. 2 hitter, and are considering sluggers Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez for the role. However, Ausmus said Cabrera will remain the No. 3 hitter. "Miggy has been pretty successful hitting third," Ausmus said. Cabrera should once again post elite fantasy numbers in a strong Detroit lineup.
2:27 pm (EST)
John Gibson Headshot

Gibson (lower body) is listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.

The talented backstop was merely day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's eventual win over the Bruins, but with the Ducks in prime position to secure a playoff spot, taking the cautious route with Gibson seems like a fantastic idea. This means that Jonathan Bernier gets temporarily bumped up to the No. 1 spot on Anaheim's depth chart with Wednesday's AHL call-up Jhonas Enroth potentially in the mix as well.
2:26 pm (EST)
Louis Domingue Headshot

Domingue will tend the goal for Friday night's game in Dallas, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

After Mike Smith got lit up for six goals against the Blackhawks on Thursday night, Domingue will get the nod for the second half of Arizona's back-to-back. The Quebec native hasn't won a game since Jan. 7, dropping his last three starts with a putrid .863 save percentage over that span. He'll look to turn it around against a Stars offense that currently ranks 17th in the NHL with 2.67 goals per game in February.
2:19 pm (EST)
Josh Donaldson Headshot

Donaldson is progressing as expected in his recovery from a strained calf, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.

Donaldson will still need some time to get back to 100 percent, but he has not encountered any setbacks on his road to recovery, so his 2-to-3 week return timetable remains as-is. It has been nearly a week since Donaldson injured his calf, so as long as his health continues to improve, he should be ready to make his spring debut at some point in early-to-mid March.
2:17 pm (EST)
Ezequiel Carrera Headshot

Carrera is being challenged by Dalton Pompey for a spot on the 25-man roster, SB Nation reports.

Throughout the offseason, it seemed clear that Carrera was in line for a platoon role in 2017 (in left field with Melvin Upton). However, it appears that plan may be amended before Opening Day. Carrera hasn't exactly lit up the stat sheet throughout his six-year career (.255/.314/.351), and overall, he's not suited for much more than a reserve role. On the other hand, Pompey is widely regarded to be a future star in the organization and the team may be ready to get him more MLB exposure at Carrera's expense.
2:16 pm (EST)
Roy Hibbert Headshot

Hibbert (coach's decision) is listed as questionable to play in Friday's game against the Nets, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.

Hibbert was traded from the Bucks to the Nuggets Thursday but will remain a third option in the rotation behind starter Nikola Jokic and backup Mason Plumlee in Denver. Even if Hibbert is made active Friday night, he will likely remain on the bench, and his status won't have any impact on the team's regular rotation. Hibbert only becomes a semi-intriguing fantasy option this season if either Jokic or Plumlee suffer from injury, and even in that case, his impact would likely remain limited.
2:13 pm (EST)
Kristaps Porzingis Headshot

Porzingis (ankle) has been ruled out for several days, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

The good news for Porzingis, who left Thursday's game against the Cavaliers with the injury, is that there is no ligament damage on the right ankle. The vague timetable given likely leaves him out for at least Saturday's game against Philadelphia, but it's probably unlikely that he makes a return Monday against the Raptors. The Knicks may be able to give a more concrete diagnosis in the next couple of days, but in Porzingis' absence, look for Lance Thomas to be the most likely candidate to get the start, as New York may elect to play smaller without the seven-footer.
2:06 pm (EST)
Cam Talbot Headshot

Talbot will start in goal Friday night versus host Washington, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

If there is any fear about riding Talbot to the ground, the Oilers aren't showing it. The Ontario native will be making his 55th start this season, as he leads the league in goalie playing time by a wide margin. His next foe is a Washington team averages 3.67 goals per game at home, so it's no wonder why Oilers coach Todd McLellan will go back to the well once again with Talbot, who has fashioned a 31-16-7 record, 2.36 GAA and .921 save mark in 2016-17.
2:02 pm (EST)
Adam Larsson Headshot

Larsson (lower body) will miss Thursday's road contest versus the Capitals, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

This is will be the second consecutive absence for the two-way defenseman, who added that he hopes to return for Sunday's game when the Oilers visit Nashville to take on the Predators. Subjected to a curious offseason trade that saw stud forward Taylor Hall wind up in New Jersey, Larsson is on pace to approach the 20-point mark having already matched his shots output of 65 from last season in 23 fewer games.
1:46 pm (EST)
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