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Stack the Deck: April 24
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Ryan O'Rourke Headshot

O'Rourke (elbow) was placed on the 60-day disabled list Monday, Rhett Bollinger of reports.

O'Rourke has yet to resume throwing since being diagnosed with a strained flexor pronator mass in his left elbow during spring training, so the Twins weren't expected him to make an impact out of the bullpen anytime soon. By moving O'Rourke to the 60-day DL, the Twins will open up a 40-man roster spot for Nick Tepesch, who is expected to offer the team another long-relief option.
3:01 pm (EST)
Michael McCarron Headshot

McCarron was reassigned to AHL St. John's on Monday.

The IceCaps will certainly welcome the addition of McCarron as they are tied at a game apiece in their opening-round series against AHL Syracuse. The 22-year-old was used sparingly throughout the season -- including just one playoff contest -- so he will likely be primed for some more competitive hockey. The center is by no means a shoo-in for the 23-man roster next year, but should factor into the discussion.
2:57 pm (EST)
Nick Tepesch Headshot

The Twins purchased Tepesch's contract from Triple-A Rochester on Monday, Brandon Warne of reports.

Tepesch had an out clause in his contract had the Twins not added him to the major-league roster by May 1, and since he had been pitching well in a starting role at Triple-A, the big club decided he was worthy of a shake at the big-league level. The Twins currently have a vacancy in their rotation, but it's expected that Tepesch will serve in long relief for the next week and a half before the organization determines whether he'll be an option when a fifth starter is next needed May 6 against the Red Sox.
2:57 pm (EST)
Trey Mancini Headshot

Mancini is out of the lineup Monday against the Rays.

With Seth Smith recently missing time with a hamstring injury and the Orioles facing a spate of left-handers lately, Mancini had started three straight games and four of the previous five contests. Mancini still looks bound to see at least a handful of starts every week, but after going 2-for-17 over his last six contests, fantasy owners who added the rookie following his recent home-run binge may want to temper expectations.
2:51 pm (EST)
Mark Borowiecki Headshot

Borowiecki (lower body) may be available for Game 1 on Thursday against New York, Dean Brown of TSN 1200 reports.

Considering Borowiecki has tallied just one helper in his last 39 appearances, fantasy owners probably shouldn't be relying on him too heavily once he is cleared to return. If the 27-year-old is able to give it a go Thursday, Fredrik Claesson would seem to be the leading candidate to get bumped from the game-day lineup.
2:49 pm (EST)
Rodney Hood Headshot

Hood notched 18 points (6-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal across 35 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 105-98 win over the Clippers.

Hood enjoyed the best game of his postseason career in this one, managing series highs in points and rebounds while finishing third on the team in minutes logged. His role could continue to evolve as the two teams continue to modify their rotations on a game-by-game basis, but Hood's performance in this one bodes well after he managed a combined 24 points through the first three games. That said, he is still a tertiary option and is not guaranteed to see this type of usage moving forward.
2:48 pm (EST)
Seth Smith Headshot

Smith (hamstring) will start in right field and bat in the leadoff spot Monday against the Rays.

Smith returns to the lineup following a five-game absence due to the hamstring injury, though it's likely he would have only started in two of those contests with the Orioles facing three left-handed starters during that stretch. The 34-year-old is a strict platoon player, but he hits right-handed pitching well enough to warrant a spot in AL-only leagues and some deeper mixed formats. He's slashing .259/.355/.593 over 31 plate appearances this season and should remain a fixture at the top of the order against righties.
2:47 pm (EST)
Tom Pyatt Headshot

Pyatt (upper body) is expected to be ready for Thursday's Game 1 clash with the Rangers, Dean Brown of TSN 1200 reports.

Pyatt was on the ice for just one shift in Game 4 against the Bruins and has been out of the lineup since. The Sens' are unlikely to turn to the winger for offensive contributions -- he tallied 23 points this season -- but could get a boost from his defensive prowess, specifically on the penalty kill where he averages 2:13 of ice time. Tommy Wingels and Chris Kelly both stepped in during Pyatt's absence and would likely watch from the press box if the Thunder Bay native is ready to go Thursday.
2:42 pm (EST)
Shaun Livingston Headshot

Livingston (finger) took part in shootaround, but remains questionable for Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, Anthony Slater of Bay Area News Group reports.

Livingston has missed the last two games with a finger injury, but he's largely been held out for precautionary reasons with the Warriors sitting as heavy favorites over the Trail Blazers. While the Warriors could still hold out the likes of Livingston, Kevin Durant (calf) and Matt Barnes (foot), the fact that they all participated in shootaround likely means they're trending in the right direction for a return. Look for Livingston to have official word given on his availability after pregame warmups.
2:38 pm (EST)
Derrick Favors Headshot

Favors scored 17 points (7-10 FG, 3-6 FT) to go along with six rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 105-98 win over the Clippers.

Rudy Gobert (knee) returned and Joe Ingles stuck in the starting five, relegating Favors to the bench, but he still responded with his highest scoring output of the series and finished second on the team in rebounding. Injuries have played a significant role in the shifting landscape of the series so far and Utah seems poised to carry forward as they did Sunday against the Blake Griffin-less opposition. With Marreese Speights moving into the starting lineup, Favors could continue to exploit the Clips' lack of size in the second unit.
2:37 pm (EST)
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