Fantasy news to know for every MLB team

Cole Hamels is nearing a return to game action. When should fantasy owners expect to see him back on the mound? Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images

Cole Hamels is working his way back to the Texas Rangers after a lengthy absence, Cody Bellinger is showing amazing pop and Miguel Cabrera, well... isn't.

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 - The Diamondbacks have two of the top three RBI leaders in the majors entering Thursday, with Jake Lamb (57) leading the way and Paul Goldschmidt (53) tied with Colorado's Charlie Blackmon for third. Their run production is a big reason why the Diamondbacks are off to a terrific 41-26 start and rank fifth in the league with 344 runs scored.

Atlanta Braves - Jaime Garcia doesn't get much attention amongst the talented crop of starting pitchers around the majors, but the 30-year-old lefty is quietly putting together a solid season. In his last six starts, Garcia has gone an impressive 41 2/3 innings while allowing only three home runs and registering a 2.16 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.

Baltimore Orioles - The Orioles have been without Seth Smith since Monday due to pain in his mid-back, and there's a chance the veteran outfielder/designated hitter could hit the 10-day disabled list in the coming days. Smith is batting .270 with six homers and an .804 OPS as the team's primary leadoff hitter against right-handed pitchers this season.

Boston Red Sox - According to Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com, the Red Sox have approached Mookie Betts about a multi-year extension. This news comes at a fitting time, as Betts is swinging the bat as well as he has all season, with 2 home runs, 6 doubles, 6 walks and 2 steals in his last 7 games.

Chicago Cubs - How's this for strange and unexpected? The Cubs now rank dead last in the majors with a .230 batting average vs. RHPs, which is one of the big reasons why they've underachieved so mightily through the first two-and-a-half months of the season. For what it's worth, the Cubs ranked 20th in the majors with a .252 average during the regular season in 2016 -- and you know how that turned out.

Chicago White Sox - Leury Garcia hasn't played since jamming his hand on Sunday and is again out of the lineup on Thursday. Garcia, who has split the majority of his plate appearances at the leadoff and No. 9 spots in the order, is batting .300 with an impressive .810 OPS and has done equally well at the plate at both spots in the lineup. Willy Garcia continues to fill in for him while he's out.

Cincinnati Reds - After a promising start to the season, rookie left-hander Amir Garrett is 0-3 with a 12.05 ERA in his last five starts. During that rough stretch, the former basketball standout at St. John's has allowed opponents to hit .337, and he's posted a 2.09 WHIP. Ouch!

Cleveland Indians - Michael Brantley is away from the team to be with his wife for the upcoming birth of their child. Expect Brantley to be placed on the Paternity Leave list and miss several games in the upcoming four-game series at Minnesota.

Colorado Rockies - One of the big reasons for the Rockies' success this season is the amazing job Greg Holland has done in his first year as the team's closer. Holland has allowed only 10 hits while striking out 33 in 24 2/3 innings, and he has a wide lead on the rest of the league with 23 saves. Nobody else has more than 18.

Detroit Tigers - Power is missing in Miguel Cabrera's game these days. While he is batting .322 with an .899 OPS in his last 24 games, he has only one home run during that span and just five in 51 games on the season. The 34-year-old entered 2017 with 446 homers in his first 14 big league seasons.

Houston Astros - Mike Fiers leads the Astros in innings pitched in the last 30 days (29) and has stepped up in his last five games (3-1, 2.48 ERA, 1.31 WHIP). Known to give up the gopher ball, Fiers has allowed only two long balls in this recent hot stretch, which is a marked improvement after giving up 16 through his first seven starts.

Kansas City Royals - Only Dallas Keuchel has a better ERA amongst qualified starters than Jason Vargas (2.10) has for the Royals this season. The 34-year-old lefty could be a hot name at the trade deadline after allowing two runs or fewer in 10 of his first 13 starts of 2017.

Los Angeles Angels - Cameron Maybin has swiped seven bases in his last five games and 10 in his last eight games, raising his season total to 20. That puts him fourth in the majors, trailing only Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton, Washington's Trea Turner and Miami's Dee Gordon.

Los Angeles Dodgers - Cody Bellinger is back to being the everyday first baseman in Los Angeles, as Adrian Gonzalez is back on the disabled list due to a herniated disc that will shut him down for the foreseeable future. The rookie Bellinger has five homers in his last four games, upping his total to 18 in his first 47 big league games. What a season for the 21-year-old!

Miami Marlins - Justin Bour (ankle) is expected to come off the disabled list when he's first eligible on Friday, which is a big deal to this Marlins lineup. Bour has eight home runs in his last 18 games and already has more long balls in 2017 (16) than he had in 2016 (15).

Milwaukee Brewers - Keon Broxton's speed and power combination make him a decent plug-and-play option, but his low average (.232) is a big problem, as is his penchant for the strikeout. Did you realize that the 27-year-old center fielder has the third-most whiffs in the majors this season (88), ranking behind only Baltimore's Chris Davis (95) and Texas' Joey Gallo (89).

Minnesota Twins - Kyle Gibson continues to defy the numbers, just like his Twins, who lead the American League Central despite a minus-24 run differential. Gibson is 4-0 over the last 30 days, a span of five starts, with a 5.46 ERA and 1.71 WHIP. He has also allowed opponents to bat .307 off of him during that stretch.

New York Mets - After batting only .104 (5-for-48) against lefties last season, Michael Conforto was looked at potentially as an outfielder the team would have to platoon. This season, the 24-year-old has quieted those thoughts, batting .265 (9-for-34) with three home runs and a .949 OPS vs. southpaws.

New York Yankees - The second season of Gary Sanchez hasn't been nearly as impressive as his rookie campaign from a year ago, but Sanchez is sure red-hot right now. In his last six games, the powerful catcher has belted five home runs and added 15 RBIs, leading the majors in both categories over the last seven days.

Oakland Athletics - The A's have designated Trevor Plouffe for assignment to clear the path for third base prospect Matt Chapman, who was called up from Triple-A Nashville and is expected to be available for Oakland's home game against the Yankees on Thursday. The 24-year-old Chapman, a first-rounder out of Cal State Fullerton in 2014, hit 16 home runs and a .942 OPS in 48 games in the Pacific Coast League before the promotion.

Philadelphia Phillies - Pay attention when Aaron Altherr plays at home. In 24 home games this season, the athletic young outfielder is batting .306 with seven home runs and a 1.071 OPS. What a difference a year makes -- last season, he batted just .196 in 107 at-bats at home.

Pittsburgh Pirates - In his last 26 games, Jordy Mercer is batting .370 with a .992 OPS and has 12 extra-base hits; three home runs, two triples and seven doubles. The knock on the 30-year-old shortstop is his lack of speed; he has no stolen bases this season and only 11 in 622 big league games.

St. Louis Cardinals - Kolten Wong went back on the disabled list on Thursday, this time with a right triceps strain. Wong missed 13 games from May 27-June 8 with a left elbow injury and was activated from the disabled list June 9, getting a hit in all six games he played in before suffering the latest injury.

San Diego Padres - After swiping a career-high 28 bases last year, Padres first baseman Wil Myers entered last week with only six in 2017 before stealing a pair of bases against the Reds on Tuesday. It doesn't look likely that Myers will approach last season's mark, but he remains one of the better base stealers among first basemen in all of baseball.

San Francisco Giants - Eduardo Nunez has taken his share of heat for the Giants' struggles this season, but he's also one of the only Giants doing anything at the plate these days. Nunez has been the team's best hitter over the last 30 days, batting .356 with 4 home runs, 8 doubles, 7 steals and a .928 OPS.

Seattle Mariners - Ben Gamel won't likely remain at leadoff once Jean Segura (ankle) returns to the lineup, which is expected as soon as next week, but Gamel's scorching bat has earned him a permanent spot in the lineup. After two more hits in Thursday's day game against Minnesota, Gamel now has five multi-hit games in a row and is one of the hottest hitters in baseball.

Tampa Bay Rays - Logan Morrison is tied for second in the majors with 19 home runs. Who thought that we'd be writing that on June 15?! Morrison's previous season-high is 23 homers, set in his first full year in the bigs with the Marlins back in 2011. While his .550 slugging percentage is well above his career mark of .427, his .239 batting average is close to his career mark of .244. To sum it up, much more pop but no more average.

Texas Rangers - Barring a setback during his upcoming minor league rehab assignment, Cole Hamels could join the rotation as early as June 26 for a four-game series with Cleveland. Hamels hasn't pitched in a big league game since injuring his oblique on April 26, but had a 3.03 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in five starts before going down and immediately provides a much-needed boost the Rangers rotation as soon as he's able to return.

Toronto Blue Jays - Pitching woes have hurt the Jays lately, and nobody is that more true of than Marco Estrada. The 33-year-old right-hander was rocked for six runs on 12 hits against Tampa Bay in his last start, which is the latest in a string of bad starts. In his last six outings, the veteran has given up 45 hits and 24 runs in 32 1/3 innings.

Washington Nationals - It hasn't been a very good first half of the month for Bryce Harper, who is batting just .262 with one home run and six RBIs in June. That flies in the face of what Harper usually does in June; in his previous three seasons, the Nationals' slugger has batted .322 in June -- the highest average of any month.