Tim Duncan has opted into his contract for the 2016-17 season.
This does not necessarily mean Duncan will play next season; he could still retire. Duncan's contract is set to pay him $5.6 million, and he averaged 8.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks last season. Whether Duncan returns or not, the Spurs will have to bring in somebody, either through trade or free agency, who can take on significant minutes at the center position.
Adam Conley lasted 4.1 innings in Tuesday’s 7-5 loss to the Tigers, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks while racking up nine strikeouts.
Conley has not only been maddeningly inconsistent from start-to-start this season, but he is often two different pitchers during a single game. That was the case Tuesday night. Following four scoreless innings in which he allowed just two hits and a walk while registering eight punchouts, the young lefty completely unraveled and was tagged for five runs courtesy of two homers. Overall through 16 starts this year, Conley has posted a respectable 3.90 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 8.7 K/9 across 87.2 innings. The strikeout rate and talent upside make him relevant in deeper mixed leagues heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Braves in Atlanta.
Nick Castellanos went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a triple in Tuesday’s 7-5 win over the Marlins.
Castellanos fell under the .300 mark for a few days there, but boosted his batting average back up to .302 Tuesday night with his first multi-hit effort since last Wednesday. The young third baseman is having an All-Star caliber breakout this year, as he has put up a solid .863 OPS with 33 extra-base hits and 42 RBI over 74 games. Castellanos still strikes out quite a bit, but that is about the extent of the negatives so far this season.
Miguel Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Tuesday’s 7-5 win over the Marlins.
Overall, Cabrera is actually in quite a slump, especially by his standards. The 10-time All-Star has gone just 6-for-31 over the last eight games, but half of those hits have left the yard. At age 33, Cabrera is still one of the best pure hitters in the league, even if he is a notch or two down from his past MVP form. Through 77 games this year, he is sporting a stout .897 OPS with 17 homers, 16 doubles and 48 RBI.
CC Sabathia worked seven-plus innings in Tuesday’s 7-1 loss to the Rangers, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out two.
It certainly appeared that Sabathia was going to bounce back nicely after laboring through his worst outing of the season last Wednesday. However, after a solid seven innings Tuesday night, he came back out for the eighth frame and that turned out to be a mistake by Manager Joe Girardi. Sabathia is having a nice bounce-back campaign to this point and was really on a roll prior to these past two starts. During a seven-start stretch from May 4th to June 16th, the veteran lefty posted a ridiculous 0.82 ERA while surrendering two runs or less each time out. Sabathia will look to get back to that form Sunday at San Diego.
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