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Kelly Kraft Headshot

Kraft closed with a one-under 71 on Sunday at the CIMB Classic to finish in a tie for 48th place.

Kraft had an eventful scorecard in his final round as he carded six birdies to five bogeys. He was able to make 18 birdies for the week, but also made 10 bogeys and two doubles. Kraft struggled to hit some very narrow fairways at the TPC Kuala Lumpur as he ranked T63 in driving accuracy. The Texas native will look to pick up his play at the CJ Cup in Korea this week.
4:30 pm (EST)
Javier Báez (R) Headshot

Baez is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Baez is 0-for-19 in the postseason, so manager Joe Maddon will go with switch-hitting Ben Zobrist at second base against right-hander Yu Darvish. Baez will be available off the bench and could see action as a defensive replacement late in the game.
4:29 pm (EST)
Ian Happ (B) Headshot

Happ is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Happ will head to the bench as manager Joe Maddon deploys an outfield consisting of all left-handed hitters (Kyle Schwarber, Jon Jay, Jason Heyward) against righty Yu Darvish. Happ is 0-for-4 with three strikeouts this postseason, so while he'll be available off the bench, Maddon may choose to turn elsewhere late in the game.
4:25 pm (EST)
Anders Nilsson Headshot

Nilsson will make his season debut in the crease against Ottawa on Tuesday, Chris Stevenson of NHL.com reports.

After starting Jacob Markstrom in four straight outings, coach Travis Green will turn to the backup Nilsson versus the Senators. The 27-year-old posted a 10-10-4 record last season with a .923 save percentage -- decent enough numbers for a No. 2 netminder. Unfortunately for the Swede, he will be facing an Ottawa squad that is welcoming back offensive juggernaut Erik Karlsson (foot).
4:18 pm (EST)
Whee Kim Headshot

Kim shot a four-under 68 in the final round of the CIMB Classic to move into a tie for 39th place.

Kim carded five birdies to a single bogey in the final round at the TPC Kuala Lumpur. He would have had a much higher finish if it were not for an off day on Friday when he shot a three-over 75. Kim ranked T53 in greens hit in regulation and T25 in driving accuracy. Kim has started the new season with a couple decent finishes after closing last season by missing six of his last seven cuts. He will head to Korea for the CJ Cup this week.
4:17 pm (EST)
Eduardo Rodríguez (L) Headshot

Rodriguez is not expected to return to pitching for six months after undergoing surgery to reconstruct the patellofemoral ligament in his right knee, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

This is a tough break for Rodriguez, as the 24-year-old has missed extended time in three of the past four seasons due to knee issues. That will likely be the case again in 2018, as his estimated recovery timetable lines him up for a return sometime in May or June. A more concrete timetable should become available once he gets back into a throwing program. Rodriguez compiled a 4.19 ERA and 150:50 K:BB in 137.1 regular-season innings in 2017.
4:14 pm (EST)
Rodney McGruder Headshot

McGruder (leg) underwent successful surgery and is expected to begin rehabilitation in one week, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.

The team has yet to release an official timetable for his return, though according to Shams Charania of the Vertical, he'll likely miss 3-to-6 months. While McGruder is sidelined, expect the likes of Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington and Justise Winslow to see more run.
4:12 pm (EST)
Johnny Oduya Headshot

Oduya (lower body) logged 16:32 of ice time in his return from injury Saturday against Edmonton.

Oduya was relatively quiet in his return, as he recorded just one hit, three blocks and a plus-1 rating. With fellow blueliner Erik Karlsson (foot) back in the lineup, Oduya will slot into the second pairing alongside Cody Ceci versus Vancouver on Tuesday.
4:11 pm (EST)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Headshot

Caldwell-Pope (suspension) will undergo an MRI on his nose after taking an elbow to the face Monday.

If the MRI reveals that Caldwell-Pope suffered a broken nose, the guard may be fitted for a protective mask, though he will have a bit of extra time to recover, as he faces a two-game suspension to begin the season stemming from a DUI arrest last March. Broken nose or not, the earliest Caldwell-Pope will be able to play would be Sunday, when the Lakers play host to New Orleans. Once healthy and finished with his suspension, Caldwell-Pope is expected to start at shooting guard.
4:10 pm (EST)
C.J. Wilcox Headshot

Wilcox (knee) is not listed on the team's injury report in advance of Wednesday's season opener against the Suns, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.

Though healthy, Wilcox may struggle to find minutes on the wing considering the team's established rotation. C.J. McCollum's absence from the opener due to a suspension could be to Wilcox's benefit, however. Regardless, it seems doubtful he'll see enough run to be fantasy relevant.
4:08 pm (EST)
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