Even when you're a fan of one specific major league baseball team, it can be difficult to keep track of all of the news that surrounds your favorite club on a daily basis.
However, when you're a fantasy baseball owner and you now have to multiply that effort by 30 in order to be as up to date as possible with each and every club? It's a fool's errand that borders on the impossible.
Fear not! We'll be here each and every Monday to give you a snapshot of what's going on in the world of baseball, with one fantasy takeaway from each of the league's 30 teams. Think of it as your one-stop shop for the week ahead.
Here are the takeaways as we get ready to wrap up the first month of the season:
Arizona Diamondbacks: Pitcher Josh Collmenter started the season on the disabled list with tightness in his shoulder, but is finally ready to make some rehab outings, with an eye toward rejoining the D-backs the first week of May. Arizona has essentially gone with a four-man rotation thus far in 2016, but Collmenter could end up being a strong candidate to become starter No. 5 upon his return.
Atlanta Braves: Only the Angels have scored fewer runs than the Braves, and the truth is that it could be a lot worse for Atlanta's offense. Not only has the team hit just one home run since Opening Day, but they have trouble getting on base, batting just .198 as a team with the bases empty. However, with runners in scoring position -- thanks in large part to Nick Markakis and his .588 batting average in such situations -- the team is batting .319. However, at some point that well may dry up and the Braves could score even fewer runs per game.
Baltimore Orioles: Yovani Gallardo struck out four batters in his first start, and proceeded to see that K count drop game by game until finally the Orioles decided to place him on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis. The timing works out well for the Baltimore rotation, as Kevin Gausman (shoulder strain) is ready to be activated from the DL, and will step right into the thick of things Monday against Tampa Bay.
Boston Red Sox: Nobody is saying that Craig Kimbrel's days as a closer are numbered. However, there is some concern with how often the Boston reliever is using his fastball following his blown save on Sunday and a game-tying home run served up to Colby Rasmus. As catcher Ryan Hanigan explained, "Sometimes you know, he's not feeling his slider as much. He's been working on it lately. So, that's kind of what it was mostly." But a closer who's uncomfortable throwing anything but fastballs is going to eventually take some lumps.
Chicago Cubs: With a starting rotation that has gone 13-4 with an ERA of 2.36 and, on average, pitched 6 2/3 innings per outing, you'd think manager Joe Maddon would be ecstatic. Yet, there's a downside to his rotation's early-season mastery. None of his relievers has pitched more than 1 1/3 innings in any outing, and the ones who had spent all spring stretching out to be ready for multiple innings of work are no longer prepared to do so. Still, a rusty and rested pen is probably a better thing to deal with than a ragged and overworked pen.
Chicago White Sox: Expect Dioner Navarro to get the bulk of time behind the plate now that catcher Alex Avila has gone on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring suffered on the basepaths over the weekend. Navarro is hitting only .129 on the year, so there is a glimmer of opportunity for Triple-A call-up Kevan Smith, who in the minors was hitting .345 with two home runs while throwing out 45 percent of would-be base stealers.
Cincinnati Reds: With an ERA of 16.39 after four appearances, Alfredo Simon doesn't have a lot of time left to save his starting job. Although manager Bryan Price has said he will allow Simon to make his next start over the weekend, with Anthony DeSclafani and Homer Bailey both getting close to a return from the disabled list, it would likely take an Arrieta-esque outing from Simon to save his job.
Cleveland Indians: Michael Brantley's time has finally come. The outfielder will be in Minnesota with the team for their three-game series that starts Monday, and in all likelihood will be in the team's starting lineup for the opener. Brantley may not play every day out of the gate as the Indians will try to ease him into things, but certainly his arrival portends less time for Jose Ramirez, who has played nine of his 12 games in left field.
Colorado Rockies: Making progress toward a return to the Rockies lineup, outfielder Charlie Blackmon (toe) took batting practice and ran the bases over the weekend. Manager Walt Weiss isn't ready to lock an activation date in just yet, but he did say that the "best-case scenario is we'll see him in Arizona." Colorado visits the Diamondbacks for three games starting Friday. If that's the best-case scenario, then fantasy owners should probably wait until next week to roll the dice on a Blackmon return.
Detroit Tigers: If it wasn't so painful, it would probably be comical. Cameron Maybin got hurt yet again as he tries to make his way through a rehab assignment in an effort to rejoin the Tigers' lineup. Last week, on the verge of a return, Maybin got hit on his injured wrist with a pitch. On Saturday, in his first game since that incident, Maybin dove for a ball in the outfield and hurt his right shoulder. MRI results showed no structural damage, so a third rehab stint should begin in five days.
Houston Astros: Manager A.J. Hinch has intended for some time now to get Evan Gattis a few innings of low-stress work behind the plate before thrusting him into a catching start for the Astros. However, Houston is in the midst of a 1-5 slide, so there hasn't been an opportunity. "I just want his first couple innings to be something less than Ken Giles with the bases loaded and a 3-2 slider in the dirt," Hinch said. "Pretty soon, I'm just going to force him in there."
Kansas City Royals: The Royals simply don't stray from their standard starting nine too often. In fact, through 18 games, they've had just one pinch-hit at-bat -- and that came from Salvador Perez on one of his extremely rare off days. Even though both Christian Colon and Drew Butera saw action Sunday, each contributing a run-scoring double in the process, there remains absolutely no value to any member of the Kansas City bench for fantasy purposes.
Los Angeles Angels: Manager Mike Scioscia says he has no plans to move Albert Pujols from the cleanup spot in the Angels lineup, even after watching the veteran endure a career-worst 0-for-26 slump prior to a two-hit outing on Sunday. "In Albert's case, the best course of action is patience," Scioscia said. "He's gonna find it. I don't think there's any consideration [to moving him down]."
Los Angeles Dodgers: So far this season, Howie Kendrick has played second base, left field and -- for the past two days -- third base as he filled in for an injured Justin Turner at the hot corner. Turner hurt his toe when Rockies catcher Tony Wolters stepped on his foot while making a throw, but should be ready to play Monday. Kendrick will continue to be a regular part of the Dodgers lineup, though from day to day it will be hard to predict which spot on the field he'll fill.
Miami Marlins: A five-game slump where the Marlins scored just nine runs while going 1-4 in the process was fueled in large part by extended 0-fers from both Giancarlo Stanton and J.T. Realmuto. However, the pair combined for seven of the team's 14 hits on Sunday, including a home run from each, so perhaps the entire Miami lineup will see an offensive kick-start as its nine-game road trip continues -- even with a date against Clayton Kershaw on tap for Tuesday.
Milwaukee Brewers: Jonathan Villar has now hit in five spots in the Milwaukee batting order, though the No. 7 spot has resulted in the best production from the infielder thus far -- a .308 batting average. Villar has reached base safely in 11 consecutive games thanks to a .326 OBP, leading manager Craig Counsell to sing his praises: "He's doing a great job, we're starting to see it come out and I'm excited to see how it plays out for the rest of the year."
Minnesota Twins: When you start the season 5-14, you start thinking about making changes. Minnesota has until Sunday to decide whether to promote David Murphy, who signed a minor-league deal two weeks ago. If they do, one of their young outfielders will have to be sent down to Triple-A, and given Oswaldo Arcia's struggles at the plate (at least one strikeout in each of his nine games, including seven in his past three starts), he's a likely candidate for demotion.
New York Mets: Yoenis Cespedes is still trying to regain his legs after fighting through bruising that came as a result of a dive into the stands to try to catch a foul ball on April 13. The outfielder sat out both games over the weekend, and with the Mets having won six of seven, there's no urgency to rush him back into the lineup if he's not 100 percent. Cespedes says he wants to play Monday, and he very well might, but don't take that desire to mean he will actually be in the lineup.
New York Yankees: With Aaron Hicks already ailing because of a bad left shoulder, the Yankees could ill afford seeing Alex Rodriguez leave Sunday's game early because of left oblique stiffness. Both players will undergo further scrutiny from team doctors Monday, and if both need to sit, a roster move is in the offing. That said, manager Joe Girardi isn't expected to make a splashy move; neither Nick Swisher nor Aaron Judge is believed to be under consideration.
Oakland Athletics: Less than 24 hours after yet another start in which he flirted with 100 pitches but failed to get out of the fifth inning, Eric Surkamp was demoted on Monday to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. Jesse Hahn and his 2.04 ERA at Triple-A appears to be ready to receive a call.
Philadelphia Phillies: Charlie Morton heard something pop while running to first on Saturday, and the pitcher has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. For now, the Phillies have promoted reliever Luis Garcia as a stopgap measure, but they will call up a starter in time to face the Indians at home on Friday. Odds are good that someone will be Adam Morgan, who started 15 games for the team last season. Morgan has a 10.2 K/9 rate through three Triple-A starts.
Pittsburgh Pirates: In September, the Pirates swept a four-game set in Colorado as manager Clint Hurdle embraced a starting pitcher strategy of "give me five good innings and I'll turn it over to the bullpen." That won't be his plan for this early-season Coors Field encounter despite the previous success. "Right now, we're trying to get more length out of our starters, so we might go at it from a reverse angle," Hurdle said. So far in 2016, the Pirates' rotation is averaging barely more than five innings per start.
St. Louis Cardinals: Is there a place for Kolten Wong in the Cardinals' lineup? Right now, there are few hotter tandems in the middle infield than Jedd Gyorko and Aledmys Diaz, who over the past seven games have combined to hit .593, including going 6-for-10 on Sunday. Meanwhile, Wong has just four hits in his past 30 at-bats (.133) and hasn't played a full nine innings since April 20.
San Diego Padres: Take away Fernando Rodney's six-plus scoreless innings and the Padres' bullpen has been a disaster this season, with a combined ERA of 6.33 -- including a stretch in which six of eight relievers all were charged with earned runs. Manager Andy Green is trying to remain positive, saying, "We've got plenty of capable pieces. Just the last couple of days have been rough for us." However, pretty soon it may be time to call up guys like Daniel Moskos, Derek Eitel and Tayron Guerrero from Triple-A to see if they can help.
San Francisco Giants: Clayton Blackburn has gone 11-5 since the start of 2015 at Triple-A, and manager Bruce Bochy has been closely monitoring the progress of last season's Pacific Coast League ERA leader (2.85). He's the probable first call-up when the Giants need a fresh arm, and with Matt Cain and Jake Peavy both north of a 6.00 ERA through their first four starts, the need might already exist.
Seattle Mariners: Nick Vincent isn't exactly a household name, but after retiring all five batters he faced en route to a save on Saturday, the reliever -- who was acquired via trade from the Padres on the last day of March -- may be earning enough confidence from manager Scott Servais to potentially be in the mix for a greater role down the road. Steve Cishek's job is certainly safe for now, but Joaquin Benoit has struggled in the eighth.
Tampa Bay Rays: Chris Archer continues to declare that he is not concerned about his lackluster start to 2016, which has resulted in four straight losses and a 7.32 ERA. After his latest defeat (a 7-3 loss to Boston), he stated an easy fix: "Last start was not good, but it's such a simple thing I need to do better. I need to be in the strike zone more from pitch one." Nevertheless, the worrywarts will multiply with each passing start until Archer finally wins. He's 0-7 with a 6.39 ERA in his past 10 starts dating back to the end of 2015.
Texas Rangers: On April 16, Delino DeShields was batting .326. Since then he has gone 2-for-20 and seen his average drop 72 points. Manager Jeff Banister gave the outfielder the day off on Sunday. However, Banister is not as concerned with the batting average as he is with DeShields' baserunning, saying his "legs didn't look as explosive." In fact, DeShields has been caught stealing on both of his attempts over his past six games.
Toronto Blue Jays: The news came out of the blue on Friday: First baseman Chris Colabello was handed an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. From a fantasy standpoint, this news affects Justin Smoak most, as he'll be pressed into full-time first-base duty for the immediate future. It should be noted that, for his career, the switch-hitting Smoak has an identical .224 batting average against both left- and right-handed pitching.
Washington Nationals: It's easy for Tanner Roark to get lost in the shuffle in Washington, pitching in a rotation that contains Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. But with 15 strikeouts against the Twins on Saturday, Roark certainly turned a lot of heads. It's the third-most K's by a Nationals pitcher since the franchise moved from Montreal. However, the feat required a career-high 121 pitches, and the last time Roark topped 110 pitches, the team gave him a full week off as a precaution.