2017 MLB DRAFT GUIDE: STRATEGIES
Bradley (Achilles) will sit out Friday against the Raptors, CSN Northeast's A. Sherrod Blakely reports.
Bradley did travel with the Celtics for their two-game road trip to kick off their post-All-Star break schedule, and even though the shooting guard saw involvement in morning shootaround and said he feels 100 percent healthy, coach Brad Stevens and the team's staff decided it was for the best for Bradley to miss his 17th consecutive game. Despite Bradley's extended absence, the Celtics have surged into second in the Eastern Conference standings, so the team has the luxury of holding him out for precautionary purposes. Marcus Smart is expected to see the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard in Bradley's stead, though it's uncertain if Smart or Jaylen Brown (hip) will start at the position. Bradley's next chance to return to the court will come Sunday against the Pistons.
Lundqvist will guard the cage in Sunday's home game against Columbus.
Lundqvist has struggled against the Blue Jackets this season, compiling a 1-1-0 record while posting an ugly 4.21 GAA and .868 save percentage over three appearances. The Swedish netminder has been red-hot in the month of February, however, registering a 7-1-1 record while maintaining an outstanding 1.85 GAA and .943 save percentage over nine appearances. He'll look to stay sharp and pick up his 29th win of the season in another tough home matchup with a Columbus team that's averaging 3.11 goals per game on the road this season, third in the NHL.
Eaves was traded to the Ducks on Friday in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
The draft pick turns into a first-round selection if Eaves plays in 50 percent of games in the first two rounds of the playoffs and the Ducks make it to the conference final. Eaves was was having an outstanding season for the Stars, leading the team with a career-high 21 goals and was tied for fourth in the NHL wth 11 power play goals. He should provide a big boost to an Anaheim offense that is currently averaging just 2.56 goals per game.
McCallum's second 10-day contract with the Hornets expired Friday, MLive.com's Aaron McMann reports.
The Hornets haven't formally announced whether they'll release McCallum or sign him to a contract for the rest of the season, but it appears they will go with the former route, as the team formally signed Johnny O'Bryant to a 10-day deal Friday, filling their 15th roster spot. McCallum never ended up seeing the floor during his two 10-day stints with the Hornets, as coach Steve Clifford opted to use Kemba Walker and Brian Roberts as his sole point guards. Look for McCallum to report back to the D-League's Grand Rapids Drive.
Detwiler, a non-roster invitee to spring training who spent time with the A's last season, developed a cutter this offseason, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "It's just another look, all my pitches fade off arm-side so I have something going the other way," Detwiler said. "It puts something in the hitters' heads, they can't necessarily dive out."
After tossing eight scoreless frames in his Oakland debut last Aug. 11, Detwiler struggled the rest of the way, finishing the 2016 campaign with a 6.10 ERA and 1.60 WHIP over 48.2 innings. The 32-year-old decided to add a cutter to his arsenal this offseason at the encouragement of A's coaches Curt Young and Scott Emerson and has had some early success with it in bullpens this spring. Bruce Maxwell, who's caught the veteran in those sessions, has noted the pitch has "got late break to it" and could be key in Detwiler's quest for a roster spot. The veteran southpaw is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut in Saturday's opener against the Cubs following starter Jesse Hahn.
Vlasic has 12 points in his last 21 games.
The blueliner managed just eight points in the first 32 games of the season, so his play since Dec. 30 definitely counts as an improvement. If we take off the rose-colored glasses, however, Vlasic's 20 points in 55 games leave him in position to fall significantly short of last year's 39 in 67 contests, which has been disappointing for owners that keyed on "Pickles" as a consolation prize behind stud teammate Brent Burns on draft day.
O'Bryant signed a 10-day contract with the Hornets on Friday.
O'Bryant has now been promoted from the D-League's Northern Arizona Suns to the NBA on two occasions this season, after previously signing two consecutive 10-day deal with the Nuggets in January and February. The third-year forward has averaged 18.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 25 games for Northern Arizona, but doesn't project as much more than a depth option in the frontcourt for the Hornets. He'll likely struggle to crack the rotation.
Pazos, a hard thrower who arrived in Seattle via trade on Nov. 18, could stick as a left-handed relief option out of the bullpen with a strong spring, Owen Perkins of MLB.com reports. "Pazos, being left-handed, would be a nice fit for us, if it clicks there," manager Scott Servais said Thursday. "You always get excited by power."
The 25-year-old southpaw spent five seasons in the Yankees organization, whiffing an impressive 243 batters over 215.1 innings in his minor league career. He hasn't fared anywhere near as well in multiple major league stints, however, generating a 5.40 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 8.1 frames between the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Pazos' impressive stuff is somewhat sabotaged by his command, an area that he's trying to hone in on this spring in an effort to secure a spot as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen.
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