Volquez's surprising 2014 start continued Thursday, thanks to control which allowed him to throw 53 of 77 pitches for strikes, face only one three-ball count and retire 20 batters on three pitches or less, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Hayward struggled with his field-goal percentage throughout the season (41.3) but played in 77 games and finished with averages of 16.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.5 blocks per game.
Kanter addressed his disappointing season by saying that he should have received more playing time (26.7 minutes per game) but that he also thought his body was in better shape in past years, the Jazz's Official Site reports. In addition the third-year player mentioned that he plans on working on his three-point shooting ability during the offseason, even though he's only connected on one three-point attempt in his career.
Umberger (upper body) says he's "close" to returning to action, and could be back in the lineup for Game 2 of the Blue Jackets' opening round series against the Penguins on Saturday, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Johnson, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery back in January to repair a meniscus tear, indicated Thursday that there are no signs of arthritis in his knee, the Daily News reports. "No, that’s not accurate," said Johnson, who signed with the Jets on Wednesday. "I'm pretty sure if they had major concerns of my knee or whatever, pretty sure I wouldn’t have passed the physical."
While ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests that the Jets have some concerns about the condition of Johnson's knee, said concerns were evidently not serious enough to deter the team from inking the running back to a two-year deal.