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Henry Ellenson Headshot

Ellenson was reassigned to the D-League on Wednesday, Aaron McMann of MLive.com reports.

Ellenson was recalled for a few days leading up to the All-Star break, but he'll now return to Grand Rapids and is expected to suit up for the Drive on Wednesday night against Long Island. The rookie out of Marquette will remain in the D-League through at least Saturday, per coach Stan Van Gundy.
2:34 pm (EST)
Chris Davis Headshot

Davis, who dealt with a lingering hand injury last season, said that he hasn't had any swelling or other issues through the first few days of batting practice, CBS Baltimore reports.

Early in the first year of a $161 million, seven-year contract, the Orioles first baseman injured his left hand while diving into a base. Davis still played 157 games -- second most in his major league career -- but hit just .221 and struck out a career-high 219 times. He says the offseason was what he needed. "I think the biggest thing was really the rest and the time off and not having the physical contact and the beating that I did every day when I was swinging and taking balls at first base," Davis said. Now at full strength, there's reason to believe the 30-year-old's numbers will rebound from last year's dip.
2:32 pm (EST)
Kyle Gibson Headshot

Gibson changed his delivery this offseason in hopes of keeping his shoulder healthy this season, Mike Berardino of The Pioneer Press reports.

Gibson was sidelined for seven weeks last season with shoulder pain and said he felt "some discomfort" when he started his offseason throwing program. Intent on finding a fix, the 29-year-old turned to a physical trainer who showed him how to pronate properly at the end of his delivery. This motion keeps the humerus from rubbing against connective tissues, providing better longevity throughout the season. Gibson figures to be a large part of the Twins' rotation this season, so the alteration could lend benefits down the homestretch.
2:20 pm (EST)
Mikko Koivu Headshot

Koivu registered a pair of power-play assists in Tuesday's 5-3 home loss to the Blackhawks.

Minnesota converted on both of its man-advantage opportunities, but Chicago overwhelmed in this divisional battle thanks in large part to captain Jonathan Toews collecting five points on the evening. As for Koivu, he needs just one more assist to reach at least 30 for the fourth consecutive season, with more than half of those setups (16) taking place on the man advantage. Amazingly, the veteran has four two-point efforts in his past five contests.
2:18 pm (EST)
Dougie Hamilton Headshot

Hamilton provided a goal and an assist to complement a plus-2 rating in Tuesday night's 6-5 overtime win over the Predators.

The fun doesn't stop there, as the two-way defenseman tacked on two PIM, plus just as many blocked shots and takeaways. Hamilton is a consistent producer from the back line, leading Calgary at the position with 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists) in 59 games. He's also been clutch with four game-winning tallies this campaign.
1:59 pm (EST)
Gavin Floyd Headshot

Floyd says he's still not fully recovered from the strained shoulder that ended his 2016 season in June, John Lott reports.

After spending the first 11 years of his MLB career as a starter, Floyd became a full-time reliever in 2016. He admits that he still prepared like a starter and threw too many pitches in his mid-week bullpen sessions. The veteran left-hander attributes his injury woes to the self-imposed workload and is now uncertain where his health stands as Opening Day inches closer. A fierce battle for two bullpen spots is underway at Jays' camp, and Floyd's chances at earning one of those roles is seemingly fading fast.
1:56 pm (EST)
Brandon Kintzler Headshot

Kintzler appears to be in line to be the Twins closer until Glen Perkins (shoulder) is healthy again, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The 32-year-old spent much of the 2016 season closing games for Minnesota, and it seems like he'll start 2017 in that role as well. Kintzler had modest success in this role, as he amassed 17 saves while posting a 3.40 ERA (1.57 ERA from his first save through the end of August). However, he doesn't strike out enough batters to have much value once Perkins returns, so he should only be viewed as a short-term option for most fantasy owners while he's picking up saves.
1:54 pm (EST)
Adam Larsson Headshot

Larsson will not suit up for Wednesday's away game against the Panthers due to a lower-body injury.

It's unclear how exactly Larsson sustained this injury, but he'll miss just his second game of the season and his first since Jan. 14. Eric Gryba will likely draw into the lineup Wednesday, while either Matt Benning or Kris Russell are good bets to join Oscar Klefbom on the top defensive pairing.
1:53 pm (EST)
Ben McLemore Headshot

Coach Dave Joerger intimated that McLemore could see more time at power forward in the second half, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports.

After trading DeMarcus Cousins and waiving Matt Barnes earlier this week, the Kings have a glut of options at either wing spot, but very little in the way of depth at power forward. Anthony Tolliver represents the best option at the position as the roster is currently constructed, and with rookie Skal Labissiere likely not ready to contribute at the NBA level, Joerger may need McLemore and Arron Afflalo to serve as small-ball fours alongside centers Kosta Koufos or Willie Cauley-Stein. Even though he's a less-than-ideal candidate for minutes at power forward, any pathway to playing time is good news for McLemore, whose future with the organization hangs in the balance after a mostly uninspiring four years with the Kings. He's at least playing his best ball of the season coming out of the break, as he's averaging 12.8 points (on 44.3% shooting), 2.8 rebounds, 2.8 three-pointers, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal in 30.9 minutes per game over eight appearances in February.
1:48 pm (EST)
Santiago Casilla Headshot

Casilla still has not reported to camp, but the A's are hopeful he will be able to report within 1-2 days, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Casilla has been delayed by a visa issue as he returns from his home in the Dominican Republic. Signed as a free agent this offseason, the reliever is expected to compete for a setup role behind closer Ryan Madson after spending the last seven seasons with the crosstown Giants. Even if Casilla does report to camp, he won't be there long. The World Baseball Classic begins for the Dominican on March 9.
1:45 pm (EST)
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