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W. Buehler - SP
Buehler will not start on Opening Day, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Manager Dave Roberts ruled Buehler out of the mix late in the day Tuesday after suggesting he was still a candidate earlier in the day. Buehler is behind schedule but could still make the opening roster, potentially starting later in the first week of games.
Added 12:01 pm (EST)
K. Broxton - CF
Broxton has slashed .259/.429/.296 through 35 plate appearances this spring as he competes with Juan Lagares and Rajai Davis for a spot with the Mets.
The 8:9 BB:K is encouraging and surprising given his major-league track record (10.9 percent walk rate, 36.6 percent strikeout rate over 276 MLB games), but otherwise Broxton hasn't made much of an impression this spring at the plate. The advantages he holds over the other two outfielders haven't changed, however -- unlike Davis, he's already on the 40-man roster, and unlike Lagares, he offers a right-handed complement to lefty starters Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil -- so the 28-year-old remains the favorite to break camp with the Mets.
Added 12:00 pm (EST)
R. Lehner - G
Lehner (upper body) will start in the home net Tuesday against the Bruins, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
This marks Lehner's first start since he sustained the injury in a March 5 contest against the Senators -- when he was run into by Brady Tkachuk. The Swede has been brilliant as a first-year Islander, crafting a 20-11-5 record (five shutouts), 2.19 GAA and .927 save percentage through 36 starts and 38 total games.
Added 12:00 pm (EST)
L. Stephenson - SG
Stephenson (toe) will remain out Tuesday against Milwaukee, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
It will be the ninth time in the last 10 contests in which Stephenson will miss due to injury as his disappointing season continues. After a bounce-back season last year, averaging 9.2 points and 5.2 rebounds, the Cincinnati product is dropping 7.2 points and 2.9 rebounds over 61 games played this season. With Josh Hart (knee) listed as questionable for Tuesday's game in addition, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a prime candidate to rack up minutes in the matchup against the Bucks.
Added 11:59 am (EST)
M. Fultz - PG
Fultz will continue his rehab from thoracic outlet syndrome in Orlando after spending the last few months in the Los Angeles area, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
While this is a positive step for the 2017 No. 1 overall pick, there's still no indication that he's close to returning to practice, let alone game action, any time soon. Fultz is expected to be around the team and attend games and practices, however. Earlier this month, Magic president of basketball operations, Jeff Weltman, expressed optimism regarding Fultz's rehab, but he declined to offer any sort of timetable. "Markelle is doing very well," Weltman said. "He's in Los Angeles continuing his rehab. We have sent one of our performance staff to be out with him to try to understand what he's going through from the more scientific perspective, and I have been out there to spend some time with him and watched him work out. It's just a matter of understanding where he is and supporting him. But I can tell you confidently that he's making significant progress and he's feeling like he's in a very good place."
Added 11:58 am (EST)
W. Chen - SP
Chen could occasionally be deployed out of the bullpen this season even if he breaks camp with a spot in Miami's rotation, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The Marlins have yet to formally outline their rotation plans, but Frisaro suggests the club could be leaning toward carrying seven starters into Opening Day and using two of them as relief/spot-start options. With 12 runs allowed over 11.1 innings this spring, Chen hasn't helped his case for solidifying a permanent rotation spot, so he may be earmarked for one of the swing roles that Frisaro envisions. After demoting Jarlin Garcia and Brian Moran to their minor-league camp Tuesday, the Marlins are lacking in other lefty bullpen arms besides Adam Conley, which offers further incentive for the team to keep another southpaw in Chen on hand in relief, at least occasionally.
Added 11:58 am (EST)
J. Hart - SG
Hart is listed as questionable for Tuesday's contest at Milwaukee due to knee tendinitis, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Hart missed last week's game against the Pistons due to the same injury, so it appears as though the tendinitis is still affecting the former first-round pick. There is still hope though that Hart will be able to play through his knee tendinitis especially given that LeBron James (groin) will be inactive Tuesday. Hart will probably be a game-time call leading up to matchup against the Bucks.
Added 11:54 am (EST)
R. Davis - CF
Davis went 1-for-2 with a run scored in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.
Of the three veteran outfielders battling for a bench job with the Mets this spring, Davis has by far been the most impressive at the plate, and he now boasts a .310/.353/.552 slash line through 13 games. On the other hand, his 0:10 BB:K suggests that batting average is just a small-sample mirage, and unlike Keon Broxton and Juan Lagares, Davis isn't already on the 40-man roster. Despite the hits, he should still be considered a long shot to break camp with the Mets.
Added 11:53 am (EST)