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Craig Anderson Headshot

Anderson will tend the twine for Thursday's clash with Colorado.

Anderson is 4-2-0 in his return to the team, including a 1.84 GAA and .947 save percentage. The netminder will look to improve upon that record against the last-place Avs, who are averaging a disastrous 1.98 goals per game.
12:53 pm (EST)
Rakeem Christmas Headshot

Christmas is nursing a sore left heel and is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

Christmas has been pressed into the rotation the last three games with Al Jefferson missing time while recovering from a dental procedure, but both backup centers will enter Wednesday with questionable tags. If neither is able to suit up, look for Kevin Seraphin to step in as the primary backup to starting center Myles Turner.
12:52 pm (EST)
Felix Doubront Headshot

Doubront (elbow) could begin incorporating curveballs in his next bullpen sessions, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

The left-hander threw his first bullpen session since Tommy John surgery back in mid-February, and it seems that each session since then has gone without a hitch. If everything goes as planned, Doubront should be able to progress to live BP sessions later in the month with a clearer timetable for return to follow each step in his recovery.
12:52 pm (EST)
Rickie Weeks Headshot

Weeks went 3-for-3 with a double, three-run homer and three runs overall in Tuesday's 19-0 Grapefruit League win over the Twins.

The veteran filled the DH role in Tuesday's blowout and continued his white-hot hitting by taking the Twins' Felix Jorge deep in the third with Corey Dickerson and Brad Miller aboard. Factoring in Tuesday's production, Weeks is hitting .833 with Tuesday's double, two homers, four RBI and four runs over his first three spring games.
12:51 pm (EST)
Al Jefferson Headshot

Jefferson (mouth) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.

Jefferson has been sidelined for the past three games following a dental procedure last week, which has left his mouth a little sore. It's possible that Jefferson may have made enough improvement to take the court Wednesday, but even if he suits up, he won't be in line for a major role off the Pacers bench. Jefferson hasn't played more than 20 minutes in a game since Dec. 26.
12:49 pm (EST)
J.P. Howell Headshot

Howell believes he will thrive against the competition in the AL East, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports.

Howell, a native of the west coast, said the unique ballpark environments of the hard-hitting division is one reason he chose to join Toronto this offseason. "The AL East is so intense. All season long it's usually a close race, so there's usually no letup," the lefty said. "The crowd plays a huge factor when you're tired or struggling, in all aspects, really. But when you need it, they're there. You can get something out of it and it can break some guys down, too." The 33-year-old veteran will replace the departed Brett Cecil as the team's go-to lefty in 2017, affording Howell a realistic opportunity to notch 15-plus holds during the campaign.
12:48 pm (EST)
Sean Couturier Headshot

Couturier came down with an illness that caused him to leave Wednesday's practice prematurely, Adam Kimelman of reports.

The Flyers will go to work against the Panthers on Thursday, and there's bound to be clarification on the two-way pivot's status ahead of that contest. However, Michael Raffl (lower body) and Travis Konecny (lower body) are also ailing, so a call-up from AHL Lehigh Valley could be forthcoming if Couturier sits out for the first time in 2017.
12:48 pm (EST)
Chris Bassitt Headshot

Bassitt (elbow) is expected to be allowed to throw curveballs in his next bullpen session, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

The right-hander began throwing off a mound in mid-February, and it seems like all has gone well as he continues on the long road to recovery from Tommy John surgery. If all goes well with this upcoming session, he could be ramped up to live BP sessions in the near future, although Bassitt's timeline should become clearer as he progresses further in his rehab process.
12:48 pm (EST)
Bronson Arroyo Headshot

Arroyo threw from a mound Wednesday for the first time since leaving camp with the flu, Mark Sheldon of reports.

There's still no timetable for his first game action this spring as he competes for a spot in the Reds' rotation. Nonetheless, it's good to see him back in camp and participating in normal pitching activities.
12:46 pm (EST)
Johnny Oduya Headshot

Oduya will arrive in Chicago on Wednesday, but will not suit up for Wednesday night's showdown with the Penguins.

Considering Oduya has not had a chance to practice with his old/new team yet, there's simply not enough time to figure out a place for him in the current lineup, and so he'll likely watch Wednesday's game from a luxury box. Coach Joel Quenneville said he projects pairing Oduya with Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) once the latter is ready to return from injury.
12:45 pm (EST)
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