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Fantasy 30: Return timeline for Astros arms, Pollock and more

Of all the Astros pitchers nearing a return to action, Lance McCullers Jr. appears closest. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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 head into Week 12 of the 2017 season:

Arizona Diamondbacks: On Saturday, A.J. Pollock (groin) played five innings for Triple-A Reno, with a double and a walk, and is expected to be back on the field on Monday for his second rehab outing. Manager Torey Lovullo didn't want to get specific about a timetable for his outfielder's potential return from the disabled list, however. "I don't want to have to go backward if something doesn't happen the way it's supposed to," Lovullo said. "We all have something in our head about a general time frame." Even though his manager remains mum for now, there appears to be a fairly good chance Pollock will be back by this weekend.

Atlanta Braves: Matt Adams isn't going to make the Braves forget about Freddie Freeman, but he's certainly done more than enough to make his loss tolerable. After a 3-for-4 outing with a home run on Saturday, Adams now has 25 RBIs in 27 games, which matches Freeman's output in the 37 games before his wrist injury. Yet, for some reason, Adams is still only owned in 27.9 percent of ESPN leagues. It's not like his playing time will drop to zero when Freeman returns -- and that return is still quite some time in the future.

Baltimore Orioles: J.J. Hardy's June took a turn for the worse -- which is saying something, considering the shortstop had been hitting only .185 (10-for-54) in his previous 16 games -- after he got hit by a pitch on the wrist. Hardy left the game and manager Buck Showalter reports that it's "not good. ... We took an X-ray here, saw something that concerned us. I know he's got a scan in the morning and we'll have a little more definitive idea there." Veteran Ruben Tejada is the only current alternative to play shortstop until Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) returns from the disabled list.

Boston Red Sox: Brock Holt is stuck in a holding pattern as his battle with vertigo makes it very hard to figure out when he might be able to return to action. "I'm doing everything I can to get back, but it's taking a little time. ... Hopefully it won't be too long before I get back in there," Holt said over the weekend, as he's resumed traveling with Boston. Holt is hoping that he'll only need a few games of rehab once his eyes stabilize, but as to when that might happen? As a vertigo sufferer myself, I know it's anybody's guess. In the meantime, Red Sox third basemen continue to bat just .198 on the year.

Chicago Cubs: Kyle Hendricks last pitched for the Cubs on June 4 and, after a second MRI on his pitching hand, he's not sure if he'll be able to get back to Chicago before the All-Star break. "I just kind of need to stay calm about it and just let the pain get out of there first," Hendricks said. "Then as soon as that's out of there I feel like I can get optimistic and start planning out my throwing." Hendricks believes that once the pain is indeed gone, this will not be a recurring issue, so at least there's that.

Chicago White Sox: Miguel Gonzalez has been dreadful this month, going 0-3 with a 10.34 ERA and a .347 BAA. He may not get a chance to pitch again in June, as he's now been placed on the 10-day DL with inflammation in his right shoulder. "When you're not right, a ball doesn't do what you want it to do," Gonzalez said. "It's always good to take a little step back, get together, and get strong. I'll do it day by day, and we'll see what happens." Meanwhile, James Shields was activated on Sunday and jumped right into the rotation, though he was definitely rusty in a no-decision. Carlos Rodon could be back on the mound for the White Sox soon as well, as the starter is believed to need just one more rehab outing before a return.

Cincinnati Reds: Although Bronson Arroyo has had three quality starts this season, they've been few and far between. Now, after lasting just three innings and 51 pitches on Sunday, his career could be at an end. The 40-year-old is scheduled to have a "conversation" with manager Bryan Price, but the veteran sounds like he's finished. "I think my arm is probably going to be checkmate," Arroyo said. "I've got some tears in my shoulder that we've been masking with cortisone for a while. It held up for the first three months. I got another shot, the second has disappeared after like three weeks." Homer Bailey is expected back at the end of the month, and Cody Reed and/or Robert Stephenson could potentially step in until he's ready.

Cleveland Indians: Call off the search party. It appears that Edwin Encarnacion has found his mojo. The Cleveland DH was batting just .230 as recently as June 6, but has been on fire since then, with a .441 batting average, six home runs and 14 RBIs. As manager Terry Francona put it, "He's a very special hitter. And now we're seeing it. For the first whatever, six weeks, it was a fight for him. Right now he's getting locked in and is dangerous." Entering Week 11, Encarnacion was still available in around 5 percent of ESPN leagues. That's now dropped to 4 percent. What is everyone else waiting for?

Colorado Rockies: Chad Bettis celebrated Father's Day with a 15-pitch bullpen session from the mound. It was all fastballs, and was over before you knew it, but given the fact it was the first time he did even that much since his cancer surgery, it left everyone with a big smile. Bettis knows he still has a lot of work to do, but remains optimistic that he'll be able to get back on the mound for Colorado around the All-Star break. Forget fantasy value here. Let's all just cross our fingers that Bettis can indeed make it all the way back.

Detroit Tigers: It was a scary week for Victor Martinez, who pulled himself from Thursday's game with an irregular heartbeat that had him hospitalized through Saturday. Martinez was placed on the 10-day DL, and it appears that this may just have been a one-time event, but when it comes to the heart, there's no fooling around. Things will be taken slowly. "We're going to wait and see how he's doing after we get back from the road trip," manager Brad Ausmus said. "If (Martinez) gets the doctor's clearance and he feels OK, he might start hitting again. I would classify hitting as light cardio activity."

Houston Astros: The Astros are in first place by 11 full games, and they've got injured pitchers responsible for 20 of this season's wins taking steps towards a return. Dallas Keuchel will start playing catch today, Lance McCullers Jr. and Charlie Morton will both throw a bullpen session in the next day or so, and Collin McHugh heads to Florida to face live hitters, the first step towards his 2017 debut. McCullers is the closest to a return, and manager A.J. Hinch hinted he could be back on the mound as soon as this weekend in Seattle.

Kansas City Royals: Salvador Perez is on fire. The catcher has hit safely in 10 straight games, and 11 consecutive starts, with a batting average of .373 for the month of June, to go along with three home runs and eight RBIs. He ranks behind only Gary Sanchez at his position in the past 30 days in points leagues. Only 18 Royals have ever had a season of 25 or more home runs in franchise history, and both Perez (14) and Mike Moustakas (18) are well on pace to join that list in 2017.

Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout will begin to take "dry swings" with a bat on Tuesday as he takes another step in his rehab for a fractured thumb. Manager Mike Scioscia explained how things will work going forward, "He'll be with our medical staff as we travel. When he starts into baseball activities, he'll be with the guys on our coaching staff. When he starts to put his hand in a glove he'll have a splint in there just to be able to catch, be out there and doing pregame to work on his defense, run down baseballs, get acclimated with that part again." So far, it looks as though that six to eight weeks of missed time is still the assessment in place by the Angels for their star outfielder.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Yasiel Puig's bat appears to be coming around, as the outfielder has hit .300 in his past eight starts with three home runs, though he did go 0-for-5 in Sunday's finale against the Reds. "I'm just trying to find the right pitch after working in the cage with my hitting coaches. ... It's been coming little by little," Puig said. Puig faces a one-game suspension for his "salute" to fans in Cleveland this past Tuesday, but he is appealing and can play until it is heard. Daily fantasy players, take note.

Miami Marlins: Justin Bour (ankle) returned from the disabled list with a bang this weekend, hitting a solo home run in his Friday outing and hitting safely in all three games against the Braves. Bour being back allowed manager Don Mattingly to breathe a sigh of relief, "The fear, for him, is how much he missed last season. ... We were careful with this, and he's bounced back nicely." Tyler Moore started at first base on Saturday and homered himself, and may well see a few starts in the outfield going forward.

Milwaukee Brewers: Feast or famine is an understatement when it comes to Keon Broxton. In his past eight games, he's hit five home runs with 11 RBIs and a .308 batting average -- including a 489-foot blast in St. Louis on Thursday. On the downside, though, 14 of his 18 outs were strikeouts. Add to that some shaky defense and the jury remains out on the outfielder, who ownership is on the rise of late, up to 26.4 percent.

Minnesota Twins: Is the pressure on for Jorge Polanco? Only 23 years old, the shortstop started his big-league career with a cup of coffee just three years ago, so he knows from experience that age is not necessarily an obstacle to making it to the majors. Polanco is hitting just .158 since returning from a stint on the bereavement list and, while he's still likely several years away, when a team spends the No. 1 overall pick on a guy who plays your position as they did with Royce Lewis, the clock starts ticking.

New York Mets: Friday saw the walking wounded Mets add another two names to the disabled list, as Juan Lagares fractured his left thumb and Matt Harvey was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his throwing shoulder. With Steven Matz and Seth Lugo both back from DL stints of their own, New York called up two position players -- and neither was named Amed Rosario. Folks, it's just not happening for the prospect before September.

New York Yankees: Speaking of New York prospects, fans in the Bronx will have to wait for the potential arrival of Gleyber Torres. He's out for the rest of the season, as he'll undergo Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing elbow. For those looking ahead in dynasty leagues, Torres is expected to recover in time for spring training next year.

Oakland Athletics: Sean Doolittle saved back-to-back games for the A's to close out the weekend sweep of the Yankees, but you shouldn't automatically see that as a sign Santiago Casilla is out as the Oakland closer. Casilla got hit in the left shoulder by a foul ball on Saturday and went for X-rays (which were negative, a result which is positive). However, manager Bob Melvin said he was already going to give his closer a break after he had pitched on consecutive days to begin the four-game set.

Philadelphia Phillies: While I don't typically place a lot of weight in quality starts, when a rookie jumps into the major-league fray and throws four of them in a row, you probably want to take a closer look. Ben Lively seems to be able to make adjustments on the fly, as evidenced by the .452 BAA hitters have posted in their first at-bat, and the .212 BAA in their second time at the plate. "I remember hitters in the first round, what happened, why'd they get that hit," Lively said. "I just feel like I have a better approach to them after seeing them live." It's a promising trait.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen's eight-game hitting streak ended on Sunday with an 0-for-3 day, but the outfielder is still batting .424 since June 9 with three home runs and eight RBIs. The real test of whether or not McCutchen is "back" comes now as the team embarks on a seven-game road trip. The veteran is hitting just .208 on the road this season.

St. Louis Cardinals: On May 19, Michael Wacha had an ERA of 2.74, a 3.25 K/BB and a .242 BAA. Since then, he's gone off a cliff, with an 8.86 ERA, 1.50 K/BB and a .333 BAA. For the time being, though, manager Mike Matheny is going to maintain the status quo. "I want Michael to be thinking about starting the next one. We're going to continue to talk to the medical staff. We're going to continue to talk to Michael. We're going to continue to talk to the coaches. And then just figure out what's going to be best."

San Diego Padres: Manuel Margot is set to start a rehab assignment today, which bodes well for a potential return by the end of this week. What that means for Franchy Cordero is a likely demotion back to Triple-A El Paso. Cordero's batting average dropped to .294 after a "golden sombrero" on Sunday, and although he's hit safely in 12-of-17 starts since his call-up, the 39.2 percent K-rate likely signifies more development is needed.

San Francisco Giants: A hamstring injury has kept Eduardo Nunez out of the Giants' lineup for three days, and it's not clear if a trip to the disabled list is on the horizon. It's going to be a tough call for his owners in leagues with weekly locks to sit him, considering he's hitting .368 in June, but the prospect of a seven-day goose egg may force your hand. Because of his strong play, trade rumors are starting to grow around Nunez, but a speculative add of Aaron Hill (1-for-22 in his past eight games) seems foolhardy. Ryder Jones, at Triple-A Sacramento might, however, be worth a flier.

Seattle Mariners: Fantasy owners should pounce on the duo of Felix Hernandez (76.8 percent owned) and Hisashi Iwakuma (11.1 percent) now, as both will be returning from the disabled list this weekend. Hernandez will pitch Friday against the Astros, with Iwakuma taking either Saturday or Sunday (to be determined) and, given the opponent, are probably best left on your bench for now. However, if they're not actually on your bench, they won't likely be on the waiver wire once other owners in your league realize they're back in Seattle.

Tampa Bay Rays: Derek Norris and Jesus Sucre are batting a combined .201 behind the plate for the Rays, so getting a chance to finally start Wilson Ramos (.307 batting average in 2016) can't come soon enough. And it may finally come on Sunday when Ramos (knee) should be ready to play. Cutting Norris loose seems to be the likely path for the team, both due to his lack of defensive prowess (tied for worst in the AL with six passed balls) and the acquisition of Trevor Plouffe on Saturday.

Texas Rangers: Cole Hamels (oblique muscle) will pitch for Double-A Frisco on Wednesday, only his second game action since April 26. Last week, Hamels threw 35 pitches in three shutout innings for Frisco. The plan for this week is to increase the workload to 75 pitches. If all goes well, Hamels could be back in the Texas rotation next week. "We'll see how far he gets stretched out," manager Jeff Banister said. "He might be able to get to the bank of pitches that stretches him out and gets him ready to go."

Toronto Blue Jays: The low Single-A Lansing Lugnuts finished the first half of their season on Father's Day, so let's check in on a pair of prospects with big-league dads. Shortstop Bo Bichette, son of Dante Bichette, is batting .396 with a 1.102 OPS. Third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr, whose father surprised him with a visit on Sunday, is batting .321. Expect big things from both as they make their way through the Toronto system.

Washington Nationals: What is it with the Nationals bullpen and their hesitance to tell the team when they are feeling hurt? Koda Glover is already on the 10-day DL with lower back stiffness that was exacerbated after he failed to disclose the injury prior to an appearance. Now Shawn Kelley has joined him on the shelf with a strained right trapezius muscle that he suffered during his Friday outing. "I probably should have said something, but [I] really just wanted to get through that inning on a positive note," Kelley said. "It got really tight [Saturday] morning. Not 100 percent what it is, but I can't throw right now." Enny Romero for saves anyone?