Joe Panik is in the lineup for the Giants on Thursday.
Panik is back from his concussion after not playing in a game since June 27th for the Giants. He was expected to play on Friday in his first game, however that plan has changed with him playing Thursday instead. Panik is starting at the keystone and batting third against Tanner Roark and the Nationals.
Homer Bailey has been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list.
Bailey is finally set to rejoin the Reds staff after missing the last 15 months rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He was expected to be back far earlier in the season but a setback caused him to be shut down for a length of time. Bryan Price, the Reds Manager, said that he will start Sunday against San Diego on the road, but his pitches will be monitored after tossing 98 of them in his most recent Triple-A rehab start. He is worth a flier if you are in a deep league and there is nowhere else to turn.
Spencer Dinwiddie has signed with the Chicago Bulls.
Dinwiddie has had a crazy few months following his trade to the Bulls in mid-June. Chicago then waived him early in July but now have an open roster spot and have decided to bring him back on board. Dinwiddie's main role will be to function as depth for the back court with Rajon Rondo, Dwayne Wade, Jimmy Butler, and Jerian Grant already in the rotation.
David Lee has signed a two-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs.
Lee is a depth signing for the already retooled Spurs but is certainly a nice piece to have coming off the bench. The two-year pact is for $3.2 million which is pretty tame in this free agent market. He won't be a factor in fantasy leagues this year as LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol will get the bulk of the minutes in the front court rotation.
Matt Forte missed practice on Thursday with a tweaked hamstring.
Forte is in his first season in New York after coming over in the offseason during free agency. At 30, it's not surprising that the running back is dealing with hamstring issues at the beginning of camp as he tries to get back into football shape. He is not thought to be the every down back he was for the Bears anymore and Khiry Robinson and Bilal Powell will benefit from that downgrade in role. He is still a potent pass-catcher out of the backfield making him great for PPR formats.
Broncos have signed TE John Phillips.
Phillips was signed to act as depth for the tight end core as the Broncos dealt with a couple of guys going down with injuries during OTAs. Phillips however has primarily used as a blocker in his eight-year NFL career so this signing shouldn't add any potency to the position for the Bronco fantasy-wise.
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