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Anders Nilsson Headshot

Nilsson surrendered three goals on 29 shots in Sunday's loss to the Coyotes.

Nilsson played fine despite the loss, but this marks the third straight outing he has given up at least three goals. The 26-year-old has played 21 games behind Robin Lehner this season, posting a solid .921 save percentage. He's struggling of late, however, so even when the Sabres call on Nilsson instead of Lehner, it's hard to recommend him as a fantasy play, especially when you consider the fact he hasn't posted consecutive victories since early-December.
10:34 am (EST)
Kay Felder Headshot

Felder as recalled Monday from the Canton Charge of the D-League.

Felder was assigned so he could see time in Sunday's game against the Maine Red Claws, where he scored an efficient 30 points in 31 minutes. He now returns to the Cavaliers, where with the arrival of Deron Williams, Felder is expected to be relegated to a deep bench role. Barring an injury to either Williams or starter Kyrie Irving, don't expect for Felder to see much playing time through the final stretch of the regular season.
10:25 am (EST)
Tyler Glasnow Headshot

Glasnow pitched impressively Sunday, striking out six batters in two scoreless innings against Baltimore. He gave up just one hit and didn't walk a batter, Pirates Prospects reports.

Management has intimated that Glasnow would need a tremendous spring to start the season in the big leagues and so far he's off to a great start. It's important to note that the big righty was pitching to the Orioles' starting lineup and not a legion of backups. Glasnow's fastball reached 97 mph, his curve buckled knees and his new-grip changeup stayed low in the zone. Perhaps most impressively, he didn't issue a free pass after walking hitters at a 5.2/9 clip for Triple-A Indy in 2016. There's still a good chance he'll begin the season in the minors, given he continues to work on his new change-up grip, shortened slide step and wind-up, but he made a great first impression Sunday.
10:13 am (EST)
Louis Domingue Headshot

Domingue stopped 31 of 33 shots in Sunday's win over Buffalo.

It was a great rebound for Domingue, who had been burned for 14 goals in his previous three outings. The 24-year-old has had his moments this season, but ultimately has been a letdown, posting a 6-14-1 record with a .895 save percentage. Arizona has the second-worst record in the Western Conference, so even when Mike Smith has the night off, it's hard to recommend starting Domingue, as the team doesn't pick up many wins and he hasn't shown the ability to steal very many games.
10:10 am (EST)
Josh Doctson Headshot

Doctson (Achilles) is expected to be 100 percent healthy by the end of March, Brian McNally of 106.7 FM The Fan reports.

Doctson was limited to just two games as a rookie while recovering from an Achilles injury sustained during the past offseason, and landed back on IR in October upon suffering a setback. The wideout has made strong progress in his recovery since the season ended, as he took part in running and catching drills last week and is expected to increase his activities in the weeks to come. If Doctson proves to be healthy when training camp opens in the summer, he could challenge for a starting role if the Redskins fail to restock their receiving corps when Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson become free agents in March.
9:58 am (EST)
J.D. Martinez Headshot

Martinez (pectoral) will man right field and bat in the cleanup spot in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves.

Martinez was only sidelined a couple of days with pectoral tightness, and his reentry into the lineup indicates he's fully recovered from the issue. Even though an injury-plagued 2016 season dinged his final numbers, Martinez still profiles as one of the game's top power bats. His .908 OPS last season was actually superior to what he provided in 2015, when he smacked a career-high 38 homers.
9:49 am (EST)
Nick Castellanos Headshot

Castellanos (illness) will start at third base and bat sixth in the lineup for Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves.

The Tigers will get two of their big bats in the middle lineup back in action Monday, as both Castellanos and J.D. Martinez (pectoral) return to action after brief absences. Castellanos had something of a breakout season in 2016 with a .285 average to go with 18 homers and 58 RBI in 447 plate appearances last season, and if he can enjoy better health in 2017, he could raise his numbers to even greater heights.
9:46 am (EST)
Taylor Motter Headshot

Motter (back) will play second base and bat seventh in the lineup in Monday's Cactus League game against the Royals, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Motter was sidelined for a few days of camp with a sore back, but his return to the lineup Monday suggests it was only a minor issue. The 27-year-old is expected to vie for a utility role with the Mariners during spring training, primarily competing with Shawn O'Malley for those duties.
9:42 am (EST)
Alshon Jeffery Headshot

The Bears won't apply the franchise tag to Jeffery for the 2017 season, allowing him to become a free agent, ESPN.com's Jeff Dickerson reports.

While playing under the franchise tag in 2016, Jeffery turned in a rather disappointing season, hauling in 52 catches for 821 yards and only two touchdowns while missing four games due to a suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Despite his downturn in performance the last two years, the 26-year-old Jeffery figures to generate plenty of interest in free agency, and could see his numbers climb if he lands in a favorable passing offense. The Bears would likely have interest in retaining Jeffery, but they could be priced out of his market.
9:36 am (EST)
David Peralta Headshot

Peralta is in the lineup for Monday's Cactus League game against the Reds, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Peralta's start to spring training was delayed due to visa issues, but he rejoined the team a few days ago and didn't fall too far behind the rest of the team in workouts. The 29-year-old appears poised to open the season as the team's everyday right fielder and could make for a good bargain on draft day after injuries derailed his 2016 campaign.
9:22 am (EST)
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