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Derrick Jones Headshot

Jones (wrist) is officially listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Celtics, but is considered unlikely to play, John Gambadoro of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Jones avoided any structural damage to his left wrist after taking a hard fall to the floor during Thursday's loss to the Nets, but he was unable to return to the contest after being diagnosed with a sprain. It appears as though both he and T.J. Warren, the team's top two options at small forward, will both be sidelined Friday, leaving the Suns with few alternatives with only eight players expected to be active for the contest. Jared Dudley and Jarell Eddie should benefit the most from the likely absences of Jones and Warren.
1:48 pm (EST)
Brenden Kichton Headshot

Kichton was called up under emergency conditions from AHL Manitoba on Friday.

After Dustin Byfuglien (undisclosed) and Josh Morrissey (leg) picked up injuries in Thursday's contest, the already banged up Jets blue line was in need of additional reinforcements. It is unclear whether Kichton is there to add depth or if he will slot into the lineup, but if he does play, it would be the 24-year-old's NHL debut. The Alberta native has yet to record a goal for the Moose this season, but has racked up 18 helpers in 54 contests. Kichton is probably still a ways off from being a regular starter in the NHL, but he has shown flashes of talent that make him worth keeping an eye on in the future.
1:43 pm (EST)
Trevor Brown Headshot

Brown is feeling better but needs another week to recover after rolling his ankle on Tuesday, so he'll probably head to Triple-A Sacramento to start the season, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

The club's third catcher may not have made the roster anyway, consider Nick Hundley ranks as the backup to Buster Posey. Expect Brown to play frequently at Sacramento in the early part of the 2017 season, whenever he can return.
1:41 pm (EST)
Pedro Baez Headshot

Baez (thumb) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, before throwing again on Sunday, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.

Depending on how Friday's session unravels, Sunday will feature either live BP or another bullpen. Baez has been slowly progressing from a bruised thumb suffered at the beginning of camp and has yet to actually play in a game this spring - though the Dodgers have been cautious in bringing him back into action. Even so, Baez's status for Opening Day is certainly in question if he doesn't show progress within the coming week.
1:41 pm (EST)
Jose Quintana Headshot

Quintana was named the Opening Day starter for the White Sox on Friday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as Quintana was the clear frontrunner after the White Sox traded Chris Sale to the Red Sox in the offseason. The 28-year-old is coming off his best season yet, earning his first All-Star Game selection after posting a 3.20 ERA with 181 strikeouts across 208 innings.
1:37 pm (EST)
Adam Wainwright Headshot

Wainwright gave up three earned runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk over four innings in Thursday's 5-3 Grapefruit League win over the Marlins.

The veteran right-hander bounced back from a disastrous start last Friday versus the Mets to fire 47 of 71 pitches for strikes. Wainwright is scheduled for one more outing before he makes his regular season debut in the Cardinals's second game. The four innings matched Wainwright's longest stint of the spring and left the two-time 20-game winner feeling particularly good about his cutter. "I had altered my cutter grip without knowing it," Wainwright said. "Today, the pitches that were 86, 87 [mph], those are cutters. Earlier in the spring, they were 82, 83 [mph]. So it's getting back to where it needs to be."
1:37 pm (EST)
T.J. Warren Headshot

Warren (foot) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Celtics, but is considered unlikely to play, John Gambadoro of ArizonaSports.com reports.

In what's been a recurring theme for the Suns lately, the team will be dangerously low on depth at just about every position with Warren expected to miss his second straight game with the left foot contusion. Derrick Jones started at small forward in Thursday's loss to the Nets, but he exited the contest with a left wrist sprain and is also considered unlikely to play Friday. Assuming both Warren and Jones are out, the Suns could be forced to start either Jared Dudley or Jarell Eddie at small forward, if coach Earl Watson doesn't opt to go with a smaller lineup featuring Devin Booker at the position. Regardless, both Dudley and Eddie should both be in line for one of their largest minutes loads of the season.
1:36 pm (EST)
Addison Russell Headshot

Russell's back issue that's causing him to miss Friday's Cactus League game isn't serious, and he's considered day-to-day, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

It turns out to be good news for the middle infield bopper, but it's worth keeping an eye on this the next few days to see if he returns. This doesn't appear to be an injury that affects his fantasy draft value, though.
1:35 pm (EST)
Ryan Schimpf Headshot

Schimpf went 1-for-2 with his first home run of the spring in Thursday's win over the Angels.

Schmipf -- who is currently competing for the Padres' starting third base job -- missed a couple weeks of action due to an oblique injury. Thursday's homer is a good sign that the minor issue is no longer bothering him. It is unclear who manager Andy Green will name as his starter at the hot corner to open the year, but the slugging infielder is worth a flyer for some power upside if he wins the job out of camp.
1:34 pm (EST)
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