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Matt Adams went 3-for-5 with two home runs, six RBI and two runs scored against the Rockies on Monday.

Adams is now 7-for 23 (.304 BA) with two home runs, eight RBI and three runs scored over his last seven games as he continues to come back into form after an extended trip on the disabled list. Although his power is only now starting to come around, he has managed to hit for average in the early going (.328 BA) which is a great sign of what is in store as we reach the midway point now that he is putting it all together. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Hyun Jin-Ryu (back) will play some catch on Friday.

Ryu is skipping his scheduled bullpen session but will stay loose with a game of catch. He'll be handled with kid gloves for a few days while his back is on the mend. Consider him day-to-day. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kris Humphries (groin) did not participate in Friday's shootaround.

Humphries missed the second half of Wednesday's game with the injury and his absence from the morning shootaround doesn't bode well for his chances to play Friday night. If he doesn't play, then Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden are likely due for an uptick in minutes. Analysis: Howard Bender

Bulls general manager Gar Forman says Derrick Rose underwent successful knee surgery Friday and his expected recovery time is 4-to-6 weeks.

Well, a 4-to-6 week recovery time is certainly better than being out for the season. If you can afford to stash Rose until later in the season, then you may as well, but if his presence is going to hinder your roster moving forward, then you may want to consider letting him go. Once he does come back from the injury, the Bulls are likely to be very cautious with him if it means having him healthy for the playoffs. Analysis: Howard Bender

Paul George (rest) did not participate in the team shootaround Friday.

George, who practiced in full on Thursday, will take the day off to ensure that he doesn't push himself to hard, too soon. He is still looking at potential return around mid-March. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Ravens cut Chris Canty Friday.

Releasing Canty saves the Ravens roughly $2 million against the cap this season. They may try to renegotiate with him for a cheaper rate, but he's likely to take his services and try to pick up elsewhere. Analysis: Howard Bender

Adam Wainwright (abdominal) threw long toss on Friday with no reported problems.

That's certainly a positive report. Wainwright is dealing with an abdominal strain right now and needs to take it easy on himself over the next few days. Throwing long toss is certainly encouraging and reaffirms the belief that this injury shouldn't hinder Wainwright's chances for an Opening Day start. Analysis: Howard Bender

Pau Gasol (illness) was excused from Friday's shootaround.

The Bulls are hoping that the rest in the morning will help Gasol and allow him to play Friday night. If he is unable to go, Taj Gibson will likely see the start at power forward with Nikola Mirotic coming off the bench for some extra minutes. Analysis: Howard Bender

Free-agent DE Michael Sam has been accepted into the NFL Veteran Combine on March 22 in Tempe, AZ, per source.

Well let's just hope it doesn't interfere with his Dancing With the Stars schedule. Sam will give it his all at the combine and try to land himself a contract with an NFL team. He was close with the Rams and then he Cowboys, but never made it to a 53-man roster. Perhaps this year will be different. Analysis: Howard Bender

Shane Larkin will play Friday night against Detroit.

Larkin hasn't played since the final game before the All Star break due to an illness, but appears ready to finally get back out onto the court. With Jose Calderon battling an Achilles injury, Larkin may even garner the start. Analysis: Howard Bender

Edgar Olmos won't throw for Rangers Friday due to a shoulder impingement.

Well now the Rangers know why the Marlins let him go and then the Mariners as well. He's been working his way through the minors with just one season at the Triple-A level so he was a long shot to begin with. Now that he's damaged goods, the Rangers are going to have to re-evaluate the situation. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kenley Jansen now has a boot that will allow him to put weight on his repaired foot.

It's just one step in his recovery here and nothing, with respect to his recovery timeline, has changed. He is still expected to miss most, if not all, of April. And some of May. Analysis: Howard Bender

Magic coach James Borrego said small forward Aaron Gordon is out Friday.

Gordon, who sprained his ankle Wednesday, didn't even make the trip to Atlanta, so of course he's not playing. He's being considered day-to-day, but should be considered questionable even for Sunday's game back in Orlando. Evan Fournier and Maurice Harkless should see an uptick in minutes. Analysis: Howard Bender

Aramis Ramirez confirmed that 2015 will be his final season.

Ramirez will turn 37 in June in what will be his 18th major league season. He was a legitimate 30-home run threat during the prime of his career, but now here we are 10 years past that prime and he's more of a 15-home run threat these days. Injuries were a big part of his decline and he's missed an awful lot of games over the years, but considering how bad the third base position looks this year, one last go-around with A-Ram might not be the worst thing in the world. Just make sure you have a viable back-up option. Analysis: Howard Bender

Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) won't throw a bullpen session on Friday.

This was expected as Ryu has been dealing with a back issue for the last couple of days. The Dodgers are going to take it easy on him over the next week to ensure that he doesn't push too hard, but there doesn't seem to be much in the way of concern that this will be a long-term issue. Analysis: Howard Bender
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