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Fernando Rodney (R) Headshot

Rodney reached a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Twins on Thursday, Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports.

Rodney's deal offers incentives that could bring the value up to $6 million, as the 40-year-old will move on to his ninth different major-league team since breaking into the big leagues in 2005 with Detroit. During this past season with the Diamondbacks, Rodney posted a 4.23 ERA and collected 39 saves, which ranked in the top five of the MLB, and were his most since recording 48 in 2014. Moving forward, he will be the primary closer in Minnesota for this upcoming campaign, and could very well wind up earning a similar number of saves given the opportunity.
11:50 am (EST)
Andre Holmes Headshot

Holmes, who missed Wednesday's practice after waking up with a neck problem, is back on the field Thursday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

It looks like Holmes will be out there for Sunday's crucial game against the Dolphins, but he's well down the pecking order as the fifth or sixth option in the passing game. Other than a a 3-51-1 outing in Week 7, Holmes hasn't posted more than two catches or 18 yards in any other game this season.
11:42 am (EST)
Tyler Dorsey Headshot

Dorsey was recalled from the G-League on Thursday, KL Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.

Dorsey was sent down to the Erie Bayhawks on Tuesday and posted 15 points and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes in the team's win over Wisconsin on Wednesday. He'll rejoin the Hawks for Thursday's game against the Pistons, but he is not expected to play a significant role while in Atlanta this season.
11:41 am (EST)
Elijah McGuire Headshot

McGuire (ankle) wasn't spotted with a helmet at Thursday's practice, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

It looks as though McGuire may only be able to work out on the side during Thursday's session, likely meaning that he'll go down as a non-participant in practice for the second straight day. McGuire may need to practice fully Friday in order to avoid an injury designation heading into Sunday's game against the Saints. In the event McGuire ends up sitting out that contest, the handful of offensive reps he usually receives would be split among Matt Forte (knee) and Bilal Powell.
11:39 am (EST)
Frederik Andersen Headshot

Andersen will defend the cage against the Wild on Thursday, Lance Bornby of the Toronto Sun reports.

Andersen has earned wins in five of his last seven appearances, but will not have the luxury of Auston Matthews (upper body) in the lineup Thursday, which could impact the Leafs' abilities to score goals. If his offense is stagnant, the netminder may need to put together a third shutout performance of the season
11:33 am (EST)
Thomas Greiss Headshot

Greiss made a relief appearance in Wednesday's 5-2 home loss to the Stars, allowing one goal on seven shots.

The Isles had sent starting goalie Jaroslav Halak between the pipes seven times in the last nine games, and he looked burnt out, allowing four goals on 20 shots prior to Isles coach Doug Weight making the switch to Greiss versus the Stars. Given that Halak's posted suboptimal peripherals (3.19 GAA and .908 save percentage) in six December games, we can see the Isles giving more work to the German as 2017 comes to a close.
11:31 am (EST)
Yairo Munoz (R) Headshot

Munoz was traded to the Cardinals, alongside Max Schrock, in exchange for Stephen Piscotty, Jane Lee of reports.

Munoz split time between the two highest levels of the minors last year, and faired decently well during his first opportunity in Triple-A after being promoted in late June. Over the course of 65 games with Nashville, the shortstop slashed .289/.316/.414 with seven home runs, 42 RBI and 10 stolen bases. The soon-to-be 22-year-old can play anywhere in the infield, and looked much more comfortable at the plate this past season than he did in 2016 at the Double-A level, during which he hit just .240 with an OPS of .653. Looking ahead, he will likely spend the 2018 campaign with Triple-A Memphis in order to get more chances against top minor-league pitching.
11:28 am (EST)
Braden Holtby Headshot

Holtby will tend the twine versus Boston on Thursday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

Holtby has registered wins in six of his previous eight outings, along with a .915 save percentage. Last time the netminder traveled to Beantown, he gave up just two goals on 33 shots to earn his team a victory over the Bruins. At his current pace, the 28-year-old should log 60-plus games for the fourth straight season this year.
11:21 am (EST)
Julian Melchiori Headshot

Melchiori was promoted from AHL Manitoba on Thursday.

Melchiori gets his first call-up of the season after Dustin Byfuglien (lower body) was placed on injured reserve. The 26-year-old Melchiori will need to beat out highly touted youngster Tucker Poolman for a spot on the blue line, and more likely will serve primarily as a healthy scratch until Byfuglien can return. In his 26 minor-league appearances this season, Melchiori tallied four goals and 12 points -- already setting career highs for as a professional hockey player.
11:16 am (EST)
Ante Zizic Headshot

Zizic was recalled from the G-League's Canton Charge on Thursday.

Zizic was assigned to the Charge on Wednesday for their game against Grand Rapids, and the big man posted 16 points, two rebounds and a blocked shot in just 16 minutes off the bench. He'll return to Cleveland for the team's matchup with the Lakers on Thursday night, but he is not expected to see significant minutes.
11:12 am (EST)
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