Michael Pineda threw a 30 pitch simulated game Thursday, facing no hitters. He will progress to throwing three innings or 45 pitches against hitters in five days.
Hard to tell when Pineda is actually going to come back. Simulated games and bullpen sessions will last until the team feels that they can not only increase his pitch count but that he's built up enough strength and stamina to go the long haul. Mid to late August seems like a good target date.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Le'Veon Bell (knee) hasn't been cleared to start running yet.
After an injury plagued 2015 season, Bell is looking to get healthy and be ready for the regular season. He has not yet been cleared to start running but with the Super Bowl not being played yet, Bell has time to get back into shape. Expect him and the Steelers training staff to work hard on getting him ready for the regular season where he should be considered a top fantasy RB. Analysis: Dillon Conklin
Kings are strongly weighing the firing of coach George Karl.
It has been rumored for quite some time that it wouldn't be long before Karl was out as the coach in Sacramento. It seems like that time has come as Karl has lost support in the front office among other riffs with players on the team. There is no doubt Karl is a great coach but this fit with the Kings just wasn't a good one from the start. Analysis: Dillon Conklin