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Jose Osuna Headshot

Osuna went 3-for-4 with a double Monday against the Cubs.

He's shown a good bat since his recall from Triple-A, hitting .286 with three extra-base hits in 14 at-bats. Osuna is a liability in the outfield. His best chance at extended action is if the team moves Josh Bell from first base to the outfield, allowing Osuna to settle in at first. That's a long ways off right now, though. Most likely, the rookie will continue seeing inconsistent time in the outfield.
12:17 pm (EST)
Josh Rutledge Headshot

Rutledge (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day DL on Tuesday, WEEI's Evan Drellich reports.

Not only is he healthy, but Rutledge stands to get some legitimate playing time over the next week or two, as Pablo Sandoval (right knee sprain) was placed on the DL as a corresponding move. Rutledge has a career .262/.312/.397 slash line, and has never been a league average hitter in the big leagues. He will likely lose out on at-bats once Brock Holt (vertigo) returns from the DL, but for now, it seems Rutledge, Marco Hernandez and Steve Selsky are the team's only healthy options at third base.
12:15 pm (EST)
Rajon Rondo Headshot

Rondo (thumb) got shots up during Tuesday's morning shootaround, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.

Though coach Fred Hoiberg reiterated that Rondo is still out for Game 5, Tuesday marks the first time that Rondo has touched a basketball with his right hand since suffering the injury. Rondo has yet to be ruled out for the series, but depending on how long the series goes, it remains a possibility that he could push a return for either a Game 6 or Game 7. While he continues to rehab, expect Isaiah Canaan to draw another start at point guard during Wednesday's Game 5, likely sending Jerian Grant back to the bench.
12:12 pm (EST)
Pablo Sandoval Headshot

Sandoval (knee) was placed on the 10-day DL on Tuesday, WEEI's Evan Drellich reports.

He sprained his right knee in Sunday's game, and will miss at least 10 days with the injury. Josh Rutledge (hamstring) was activated from the disabled list as a corresponding move. The Red Sox are incredibly thin in the infield at the moment, as Brock Holt (vertigo) is on the DL and Dustin Pedroia (knee, ankle) is day-to-day. Rutledge and Marco Hernandez should get the bulk of the starts at third base in the short term.
12:11 pm (EST)
Francisco Cervelli Headshot

Cervelli went 0-for-4 Monday and is batting .182 in his last 47 plate appearances.

He made two errors Monday and was hit on the left wrist by the follow-through of Addison Russell's bat, though he stayed in the game. Cervelli is making hard contact at a career-high rate (42 percent) but his .208 BABIP is near a career low. The team removed him early from Saturday's game without explanation, so it might be wise to keep close tabs on the catcher's status.
12:03 pm (EST)
Tom Pyatt Headshot

Pyatt has been downgraded to questionable for Game 1 against the Rangers on Thursday, as he's dealing with injuries to both his upper and lower body, Dean Brown of TSN 1200 reports.

Based on information that Senators GM Pierre Dorion relayed to Brown on Monday, it initially appeared that Pyatt would be set to play in the opening game of the conference semifinals, but evidently the combination of the upper- and lower-body injuries has his status looking a bit cloudier. Pyatt is a versatile role player counted on for penalty-killing contributions, so while he rarely lights it up offensively to the benefit of fantasy owners, Ottawa could really use him as the playoff competition intensifies.
12:01 pm (EST)
Nikita Zaitsev Headshot

Zaitsev will miss the 2017 IIHF World Championship after failing to receive clearance from a concussion, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.

While it seems unlikely this injury will impact Zaitsev's availability for the 2017-18 campaign, it will probably raise red flags at the league offices as it sounds as though the defenseman was playing in Game 6 despite concussion symptoms, per James Mirtle of The Athletic. As a rookie, the 25-year-old racked up an impressive four goals and 32 helpers and saw time on both the power play and penalty kill. Fantasy owners in need of help on their blue line will certainly want to give Zaitsev a look heading into next season.
11:53 am (EST)
Carlos Torres Headshot

Torres pitched a scoreless seventh inning and picked up the win in Monday's victory over the Reds.

Torres has been hit-or-miss out of the bullpen early this season, but he threw the ball well Monday and came away with his first notch in the win column this season. Torres is working in middle relief for the Brewers, and as things stand, is no better than fourth in line for saves in Milwaukee.
11:52 am (EST)
Josh Bell Headshot

Bell went 1-for-3 against the Cubs on Monday and has at least one hit in each of his last seven starts.

He started slowly but is batting .333 in his last 24 at-bats. The switch-hitter has also belted a pair of homers while hitting righty over his hot stretch. There remains a possibility Pittsburgh moves him back to his natural position in the outfield from first base, but his hot bat will likely remain in the lineup, regardless of where he plays.
11:43 am (EST)
Mikael Granlund Headshot

Granlund was dealing with a broken hand during the playoffs.

Despite the injury, Granlund was able to garner a pair of helpers while putting 10 shots on net and averaging 20:32 of ice time per game in the postseason. With a 4-to-6 week recovery time, the winger should be ready to go for the start of the 2017-18 campaign. Whether he is still with the Wild next year remains to be seen as the 25-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
11:43 am (EST)
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