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Jacob Trouba Headshot

Trouba (upper body) will play Friday's road game against the Ducks.

With several Winnipeg defensemen ailing at the moment, Trouba chose a convenient time to return to health after a six-game absence. The American blueliner recorded points in three of his last five games before getting injured, so he could be a good candidate to return to the scoresheet assuming no rust.
7:59 pm (EST)
Michael Hutchinson Headshot

Hutchinson will start in goal against Anaheim on Friday.

Hutchinson has been on as much of a roll as a backup of his caliber can be, notching two wins and posting a 1.50 GAA and .949 save percentage in his last two appearances. The good form has apparently earned him more playing time, and he will look to make the most of it Friday against a Ducks squad that averages 2.75 goals per game at home.
7:50 pm (EST)
Derrick Jones Headshot

Jones (wrist) is listed as the starting small forward for Friday's game against the Celtics, Doug Haller of azcentral.com reports.

Jones was considered unlikely to play after injuring his wrist in Thursday's loss to the Nets, but will give it a go. With T.J. Warren sidelined, the rookie should be in line for a healthy workload assuming he avoids aggravating his wrist. Jared Dudley figures to provide back up minutes for the young wing.
7:42 pm (EST)
Tanner Scheppers Headshot

Scheppers left Friday's spring appearance with an apparent lower half injury, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Scheppers was struggling to record outs before leaving with the injury as well. The right-hander dealt with microfracture surgery in his knee last season, and he hasn't looked like himself for much of spring training, with a 6:5 K:BB and a brutal 1.83 WHIP over his 7.2 innings of work. Scheppers shouldn't be considered a lock for Texas's Opening Day roster any more, particularly if this injury costs him a chance to show his old form is around before spring runs out.
7:29 pm (EST)
Ronnie Price Headshot

Price (leg) will not play in Friday's game against the Celtics, Doug Haller of azcentral.com reports.

Price has averaged just 6.8 minutes over six appearances this season, so his absence will not affect the team's rotation. Tyler Ulis figures to continue carrying much of the load at point guard for the Suns. Price's next chance to play will be Sunday against the Hornets.
7:26 pm (EST)
T.J. Warren Headshot

Warren (foot) has been ruled out for Friday's matchup against the Celtics, Doug Haller of azcentral.com reports.

Although he was listed as questionable, Warren was considered unlikely to take the court Friday due to a foot contusion. The absence will be his second in a row. Derrick Jones started at small forward previously, but his status Friday is uncertain as well Regardless, the Suns will be thin on the wing, so look for veteran Jared Dudley to see some healthy minutes. Warren's next opportunity to return to action will be Sunday versus the Hornets.
7:24 pm (EST)
Jose Ramirez Headshot

Ramirez has signed a four-year, $26 million extension with the Indians, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

This contract will keep Ramirez under Cleveland's control through the 2020 season. With just over a year of service time, Ramirez couldn't become a free agent until 2021 anyway, but this deal allows Ramirez to get some guaranteed money and it locks in his cost going forward for the Cleveland front office, protecting them from a potential huge arbitration payday should Ramirez continue to play as well as he did in 2016. At .312/.363/.462, Ramirez brought plus offense at third base to go with a glove that arguably belongs at shortstop, so it's easy to see why Cleveland is so optimistic about his future.
7:11 pm (EST)
Dan Girardi Headshot

Girardi (ankle) will return to the Rangers' lineup for Saturday's away game against the Kings.

While Girardi is still technically on injured reserve per the NHL's official media site, all signs point to him being removed from that list prior to puck drop in Los Angeles on Saturday. The 32-year-old is slated to skate on New York's first defensive pairing with Ryan McDonagh, seemingly assuring that he will see a healthy amount of minutes upon his return.
7:08 pm (EST)
Carlos Rodon Headshot

Rodon's MRI on Friday revealed no structural damage, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

Rodon was scratched Friday with biceps tightness, but the MRI he underwent revealed no structural damage, which is what the White Sox originally believed was the case. He's still set to get a second opinion, but for now it seems like the worst-case-scenario was avoided. The 24-year-old is still likely to miss the start of the season, but a firmer timetable should be available after the second opinion.
7:06 pm (EST)
Chris Owings Headshot

Owings is still battling with Nick Ahmed and Ketel Marte for the starting shortstop role, Adam Green of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.

Owings is looking like the frontrunner for the position at this point in spring, as he is outperforming both of his counterparts at the plate. The 25-year-old is 17-for-41 (.415) so far this spring, while Marte is 11-for-41 (.268) and Ahmed is 10-for-45 (.222). There is still time for each individual to make their case, but time is running low as manager Torey Lovullo is looking to lock in a starting within the next week. "We're going to put the best shortstop out there that's going to help us win games, bottom line," Lovullo said. "That competition is still running thick, so we're going to try to figure that out here in the coming week."
7:00 pm (EST)
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