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John Wall Headshot

Wall scored 20 points (9-20 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT) with 14 assists, six rebounds and one steal across 39 minutes in Wednesday's 103-99 Game 5 win over the Hawks.

Wall was key to lifting the Wizards to a win in Wednesday's pivotal Game 5 matchup tying his series-high 14 assists and recording at least 20 points for the fifth straight game in the playoffs. Wall has been steady all series and has recorded a double-double in three of the series' five games.
9:12 pm (EST)
Brandon Phillips Headshot

Phillips was lifted early from Wednesday's game against the Mets with a right groin strain.

Given the diagnosis, it appears Phillips sustained the injury while fielding a ground ball off the bat of Michael Conforto. It's unclear how long the 35-year-old will be sidelined, but the Braves are considering him day-to-day for now. More should be known about his status in the coming days, but Jace Peterson should see reps at second base if Phillips is forced to miss any time.
8:49 pm (EST)
Rich Hill Headshot

Hill is scheduled to toss 30-35 pitches Saturday in either a simulated game setting or a minor-league game, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Hill tossed 30 pitches with his finger uncovered and said he was "ready to go," though manager Dave Roberts said his pitch quality wasn't where it needs to be be. If all goes well Saturday, he could be on track for an early-May return, though it's hard to be optimistic given his past struggles with blisters.
8:42 pm (EST)
Avisail García Headshot

Garcia went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Wednesday's win over Kansas City.

After going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in Game 2 of the series Tuesday, Garcia followed it up with another solid outing Wednesday. He's now up to a .373/.420/.600 slash line with 17 RBI and is well on his way to the breakout campaign many have been expecting for a few years now. It's unlikely Garcia holds off a statistical decline for much longer, but the 25-year-old outfielder will probably remain fantasy relevant in most settings.
8:38 pm (EST)
Eric Hosmer Headshot

Hosmer went 3-for-5 with a triple during Wednesday's loss to Chicago.

It's been a dreadful start to the season for the first baseman, as Hosmer sports a .220/.273/.293 slash line. Patience will likely pay off, though. His three-year averages entering 2017 went to the tune of 77 runs, 17 home runs, 85 RBI and a .278/.338/.432 line, and he improved significantly each of the past two seasons. Expecting his 2016 numbers might be asking too much, but Hosmer's track record suggests this is a potential buy-low spot.
8:32 pm (EST)
Jason Smith Headshot

Smith suffered a left calf contusion during Wednesday's Game 5 against the Hawks and won't return, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

Smith went to the locker room after just 16 minutes of action, posting five points (2-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds and one block before the injury. He returned to the bench with some ice on the calf and the fact that it's being listed as just a bruise provides some optimism for a speedy recovery. The Wizards are already thin in the frontcourt with Ian Mahinmi (calf) out, so any additional absences from Smith would be a huge blow to their already thin depth. Tentatively consider him questionable for Friday's Game 6.
8:31 pm (EST)
José Quintana Headshot

Quintana (1-4) allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters over six innings during Wednesday's win over Kansas City.

After a sluggish start to the campaign (6.17 ERA through four starts), Quintana found his form Wednesday and spun his best game of the season. He's been one of the more reliable mid-tier hurlers in the league over the previous four years, so it was encouraging to see the 28-year-old lefty right the ship with the strong outing. On tap for a two-start week, Quintana will look to keep the momentum going against the Royals again in his next trip to the hill.
8:28 pm (EST)
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