So much is happening around the majors that it can be difficult to keep track of it all. This week, we have key players set to return from injury, trade buzz in Washington, and stats that are sure to get your attention.
For that and more news around the league, here is a rundown of the latest notes and tidbits surrounding each of the 30 teams:
Arizona Diamondbacks - Very quietly, the Diamondbacks lead the majors in stolen bases with 43. They've converted 79.6 percent of their steal attempts, which ranks eighth in baseball, and it may surprise you who one of their top base-stealers is: Paul Goldschmidt. His 10 steals rank second on the team behind A.J. Pollock (11) -- one ahead of Chris Owings (9), and tied with Seattle's Jarrod Dyson for the sixth-most swipes in the majors.
Atlanta Braves - Freddie Freeman, Atlanta's top hitter, and one of the best in all of baseball so far in 2017, will be out an extended period of time after taking a pitch by Toronto's Aaron Loup off of his left hand. Tests on Thursday revealed a fracture that is expected to keep Freeman sidelined until August, which is a crippling blow to the Braves and any fantasy team with Freeman on it.
Baltimore Orioles - How hot is Chris Davis at the plate right now? Not only does the slugger have hits in seven games in a row, he also has five home runs, two doubles and six walks in his last five games. Interestingly, all of that damage came on the road, where he is batting only .240, compared to .302 at home.
Boston Red Sox - Has Mookie Betts found his power stroke? Well, the talented young right fielder has three home runs in his last six games after hitting four in his first 30 this season. Remember, Betts hammered 31 long balls last season as a 23-year-old.
Chicago Cubs - Why the slow start by Kyle Schwarber? Part of the problem is the penchant for the strikeout; he has already whiffed 46 times in 170 plate appearances. But another part of it is merely bad luck. Schwarber ended his rookie season with a .293 BAbip and this season it's at .228. As that comes up, so too will the perception of Schwarber as a hitter and his fantasy value.
Chicago White Sox - The wait for Yoan Moncada, who is hitting .331 with four home runs at Triple-A Charlotte, will have to continue. Chicago's top prospect was placed on the 7-day DL on Wednesday to give him time off to heal form a bruised left thumb.
Cincinnati Reds - Zack Cozart leads the Reds with 7 hits, 2 home runs and 4 RBIs over the last six games, continuing his hot start to 2017. A career .251 hitter in parts of seven major league seasons, the 31-year-old is batting .350 with 19 extra-base hits and a 1.045 OPS.
Cleveland Indians - Corey Kluber is working his way back from a back injury that landed him on the disabled list, and there is some encouraging news regarding his status. The veteran right-hander and former Cy Young Award winner threw a 40-pitch bullpen on Wednesday, and per MLB.com reporter Jordan Bastian, Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said the pitcher "looked really strong." The plan is for him to pitch a simulated game on Saturday before going on a rehab assignment and, if all goes well, return to the Indians' rotation before the end of May.
Colorado Rockies - Trevor Story is set to begin a rehab assignment on Friday with Triple-A Albuquerque. Story, who was batting just .180 before going on the disabled list on May 11 due to a shoulder strain, has six home runs and 48 strikeouts this season and has really struggled against right-handers in his second season in the league. The 24-year-old shortstop has just 12 hits in 90 plate appearances vs. RHPs this season.
Detroit Tigers - Victor Martinez won't play this weekend against Texas. Why? Because his wife, Margot, is expecting the arrival of their fourth child, and third daughter. Martinez will be placed on the paternity list, leaving the Tigers without their designated hitter. Remember, Miguel Cabrera is already out as well with a left oblique strain.
Houston Astros - According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Astros are aggressively searching for more pitching in an attempt to solidify any weaknesses that might be there on a team that enters Thursday with the best record (29-12) in baseball. Rosenthal writes that the Astros entered the season with one of the best farm systems and are in position to "pursue virtually any player who becomes available." Already, Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole has been mentioned as one possibility. Stay tuned, here.
Kansas City Royals - The baseball world is aware of the dangers that can occur if a pitcher has to go past 110-115 pitches in a start, but what about high-pitch innings? This is worth bringing up because Royals starter Jason Vargas threw 49 pitches in the fourth inning on Wednesday. This is the type of outing that could negatively impact the way he throws the ball in future starts, which makes it something to consider the next time the 34-year-old southpaw takes the mound.
Los Angeles Angels - According to this tweet by Chris Cotillo of SBNation, the Angels reportedly agreed to a major league deal with free agent right-hander Doug Fister, 33, who had been linked to just about every team in need of pitching. The deal is pending a physical, but if Fister gets through that, as expected, he gives the Angels a veteran who has made 199 big league starts. After posting a 4.5 WAR with Washington in 2014, that dropped to 0.2 in 2015 with the Nationals and 0.0 last season in 32 starts with the Astros.
Los Angeles Dodgers - Adrian Gonzalez was activated from the 10-day DL on Thursday, a move that will mean fewer opportunities at first base for hot-hitting rookie Cody Bellinger. The left-handed hitting slugger will likely be used exclusively in left field whenever Gonzalez is in the lineup.
Miami Marlins - Infielder Dee Gordon and Derek Dietrich have been slumping over the past week. What makes it worse is that neither Gordon (3-for-23) and Dietrich (3-for-19) have reached base via the walk in this rough six-game stretch.
Milwaukee Brewers - From a fantasy perspective, the Brewers' offense is as "toolsy" as any team in baseball. They lead the majors in home runs (45) and rank third in stolen bases (35), doubles (82) and triples (10), but also have the second-most strikeouts (385) in the league.
Minnesota Twins - The Twins set a new team record this week when they homered in a 16th consecutive game. Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press writes: "A dozen Twins have homered during the streak, which includes 26 total homers. Miguel Sano leads the way with six, followed by Kennys Vargas with four and Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar with three apiece."
New York Mets - Neil Walker enters Thursday as one of the hottest hitters in baseball. In his last six games, the veteran is batting .476 (10-for-21) with two home runs and three doubles. Walker is coming off a season during which he slashed .282/.347/.476 with 23 home runs in his first year with the Mets.
New York Yankees - All these big bats on the Yankees, and it's Starlin Castro who is drawing the bulk of the starts at the cleanup spot?! Hard to believe, but Castro is batting .338 with 11 RBIs and a .911 OPS at that spot in the order, which makes it understandable. Then again, the hot-hitting second baseman is batting over .300 in all six places he's batted in the order this season. That tells you what type of season he's having.
Oakland Athletics - Yonder Alonso has found his power this season, but on Wednesday in Seattle, he left the game in the seventh inning due to left knee soreness. "I don't think it's anything serious," Alonso said after the game. He is set to be reevaluated on Thursday, and we should know more soon about the severity of the injury. If Alonso is forced to miss time, the A's would be without their leader in home runs (12) and RBIs (29).
Philadelphia Phillies - Veteran infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick is still not close to returning to the Phillies' lineup after spending the past month recovering from a right abdominal strain. "You go two steps forward and you have the slightest thing set you back," Kendrick told Philly.com. "I mean, I think that's the most frustrating part about it. I want to play. I want to be back out there, but right now I can only work with what I've got." Kendrick could take playing time from Michael Saunders, who has been disappointing since signing during the offseason, once he is able to return to the lineup.
Pittsburgh Pirates - The Pirates are one of the worst hitting teams in baseball against right-handers this season, but several of their top bats have done well against lefties. Andrew McCutchen is batting .333 with four home runs and a 1.167 OPS vs. southpaws, and Josh Harrison is batting .310 with three homers and a .967 OPS against them. This is something to keep in mind with both of those players.
St. Louis Cardinals - Matt Carpenter is batting only .264 against right-handers this season, but his on-base percentage vs. RHPs leads the team at .429. What gives? It all comes down to walks, and Carpenter leads the team with 27 of them vs. RHPs. Next closest is Stephen Piscotty with 14.
San Diego Padres - Spacious Petco Park isn't an easy place to hit the ball out of the ballpark, but that hasn't stopped rookie Manuel Margot from producing at the plate in home games. Margot is slashing .310/.375/.521 with two home runs, three doubles and three triples at home. Interestingly, though, all five of his stolen bases this season have come on the road.
San Francisco Giants - Even after a good week of baseball, the Giants still have a ways to go before getting back into contention in the National League West, and it doesn't help that Christian Arroyo is dealing with his first real slump in the big leagues. The 21-year-old third baseman burst onto the scene last month, but a recent 3-for-24 stretch has dropped his batting average to .209 and his OPS to .603.
Seattle Mariners - Mariners general manager Jerry DiPoto indicated that Mitch Haniger will go on a rehab assignment this weekend and, barring a setback, be ready to play in the road series starting next Tuesday against Washington. Once Haniger returns to an already strong Mariners lineup, it will likely lead to fewer at-bats for Jarrod Dyson and Guillermo Heredia, who both figure to lose time to Ben Gamel. Gamel has been filling in for Haniger in right field but a move to left or center is certainly possible as long as he continues to hit so well (.288/.402/.452) out of the 2-hole.
Tampa Bay Rays - Don't look now, but the Rays' bats are scorching hot. Tampa Bay flexed its collective muscle by setting a team record for a three-game series, hitting 10 home runs in an impressive showing against Cleveland. The Rays enter Thursday tied with the Yankees for the most home runs (59) in the American League. Milwaukee leads the majors with 65.
Texas Rangers - Injury-plagued outfielder Shin-Soo Choo (back) returned to the lineup Wednesday in grand style, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the Rangers' eighth win in a row. The plan, according to manager Jeff Banister, is for the 34-year-old to start in right field against left-handed pitchers with Jared Hoying in center and Nomar Mazara in left. Other than that, he is primarily a DH.
Toronto Blue Jays - Josh Donaldson, out since April 13 due to a calf injury, won't return from the disabled list this weekend as originally planned. Earlier, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that Donaldson would likely be ready to return to the lineup after a lengthy absence, but that timeline has been pushed back.
Washington Nationals - According to Jon Heyman of FanRagSports, the Nationals have begun making calls for a new closer, and the White Sox's ninth-inning man David Robertson could be the odds-on favorite to be the guy they target. Heyman reports that Kansas City's Kelvin Herrera, Tampa Bay's Alex Colome, San Francisco's Mark Melancon, Miami's AJ Ramos and Toronto's Roberto Osuna are others the Nationals are interested in. Stay tuned, here, because any closer on the Nationals immediately becomes one of the most coveted at the position in fantasy.