It's an interesting week around the majors, with trade rumors starting to swirl in Atlanta and Detroit, Kyle Schwarber back in Chicago, and sluggers nearing a return in New York and Baltimore.
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 - Yasmany Tomas has already missed 28 games due to a groin injury, and the results from an MRI this week reveal that he isn't close to a return, thanks to a new, more significant issue with his groin. Fantasy owners who are stashing Tomas will need to continue to be patient with the left fielder.
Atlanta Braves - The Braves reportedly are willing to listen to trade offers for right-hander Julio Teheran, according to Jon Heyman of fanragsports.com. "Teams in need of starting pitchers, including the Astros, have been calling the Atlanta Braves about Teheran, as they search for alternatives to the obvious top available duo of Quintana and Gray," Heyman reported on Thursday. "The Braves seem to be willing to consider anything, and while last year they eventually told teams that Teheran would be staying put (and he did), they haven't absolutely ruled out a trade for Teheran to this point."
Baltimore Orioles - Chris Davis (oblique) is set to begin a rehab assignment by early next week, as the Orioles target a July 14 return -- the first day after the All-Star break. According to The Baltimore Sun, Davis has been doing full baseball activities for the past few days and has been pain-free through all of them.
Boston Red Sox - Drew Pomeranz has turned to a cut fastball to help turn his season around, per Michael Beller of SI.com. After throwing it only 1.5 percent of the time during the first six weeks of the season, the veteran left-hander has thrown the pitch eight percent of the time in the last six weeks and has allowed more than two earned runs only once in his last 10 appearances.
Chicago Cubs - Schwarber was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday and immediately inserted into the Cubs lineup, batting fifth in the home game against Milwaukee. The Cubs also placed John Lackey on the 10-day DL. In 11 minor league games, Schwarber batted .343 (12-for-35) with four home runs. On Wednesday, Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicated Schwarber could return to the leadoff role but also said he liked Jon Jay batting first when the Cubs face a right-handed pitcher.
Chicago White Sox - Closer David Robertson was reinstated from the paternity list on Thursday and will be available for tonight's game in Colorado after missing the entire three-game series in Oakland. He is expected to be one of the big names on the trade market leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, so his performance over the next couple weeks could dictate how much the White Sox are able to command in a deal.
Cincinnati Reds - Jose Peraza's inability to draw a walk is as glaring as ever. The young second baseman has reached base via base on balls only five times in 320 plate appearances this season after walking seven times in 256 PAs last season. Now 158 games into his MLB career, the 23-year-old's career .308 on-base percentage will need to improve if he intends to be in the Reds' long-term plans.
Cleveland Indians - Jason Kipnis missed Wednesday's game due to neck spasms, and the veteran second baseman is mired in a prolonged slump at the plate; the two of which could very well be related. He is currently in a 7-for-45 skid and is just 1-for-14 at the plate in July, as he returns to the lineup, batting leadoff, on Thursday.
Colorado Rockies - Charlie Blackmon has been named a starter for the National League in the All-Star Game and is also participating in Home Run Derby. On Thursday, the Rockies longtime leadoff hitter moved to the third spot in the lineup, with Raimel Tapia leading off and DJ LeMahieu batting second. This is worth keeping an eye on; if it is more than a one-day thing, more RBIs could be in Blackmon's future while hitting in the 3-spot.
Detroit Tigers - Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is considered by MLB Trade Rumors to be the No. 1 trade deadline candidate in baseball this summer. "It's hard to ignore the fact that Martinez represents a potentially season-altering rental piece," MLBTR's Jeff Todd wrote on Wednesday. The 29-year-old is batting .293 with 14 home runs and a .999 OPS in 50 games for the Tigers, and teams like the Cardinals, Yankees and Rangers have been mentioned as potential landing spots.
Houston Astros - Collin McHugh pitched into the fourth inning Wednesday night in his second rehab start, striking out five without allowing a walk in a Double-A stint. Recovering from an elbow impingement, McHugh is expected to need at least one more rehab appearance before being ready to join the Astros and make his 2017 debut.
Kansas City Royals - With Kansas City playing as well as any team right now, fresh off a series sweep in Seattle, the Royals enter Thursday just half a game behind Cleveland in the American League Central, and the likelihood of top names like Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain being moved before the trade deadline is probably dropping by the day. "Why would we even think about selling?" Royals manager Ned Yost said Wednesday, prior to the victorious series finale against the Mariners.
Los Angeles Angels - Good news regarding Mike Trout -- the superstar center fielder reported no pain following his first rehab game at Single-A Inland Empire on Wednesday night. It was Trout's first game action since May 28, when he tore a ligament in his left thumb while sliding into second base.
Los Angeles Dodgers - Since Clayton Kershaw will start Sunday's game against the Royals, he isn't eligible to pitch in Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game. That may not be a bad thing, as Kershaw could certainly use a little rest after going at least six innings in each of his last seven starts and averaging better than 6 2/3 IP per game through 18 starts this season.
Miami Marlins - Edinson Volquez exited Wednesday's game with a left knee issue that's worth keeping a close eye on, but the Marlins aren't yet sure if the injury will require a trip to the DL. "Today was the day I couldn't hold it anymore," Volquez told the Sun-Sentinel. "It was really bad for me. I tried to keep pitching. ... Every time I threw the ball it was hard for me to stay under control or put my weight on it."
Milwaukee Brewers - Eric Sogard was placed on the 10-day DL on Thursday after suffering from left ankle soreness that limited him to one pinch-hit appearance since Sunday. Though Sogard's absence is mitigated some by the return of Jonathan Villar, Villar is just 4-for-28 in his last seven games and isn't playing like the offensive threat that Sogard was prior to the injury.
Minnesota Twins - Over the last 30 days, Miguel Sano is batting just .234 with a team-high 35 strikeouts. No other player on the Twins has more than 25 strikeouts during that same stretch. The good news is Sano is off to a nice start this month, batting .346 (9-for-26) with two home runs.
New York Mets - Michael Conforto (bruised hand) is confident he'll be able to come off the disabled list on Saturday in St. Louis, the first day he's available. Though the recovery has taken longer than Conforto anticipated after being hit on the hand with a pitch in San Francisco, he was able to swing a bat without any pain prior to Wednesday's game, and that's a very encouraging sign that he'll be back soon.
New York Yankees - The gopher ball continues to be a big issue with Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, who surrendered three more and lasted only three innings in Wednesday's loss to Toronto. Pineda has given up at least one home run in 12 of 17 starts this season, and he's been hit up for multiple homers six times in 2017.
Oakland Athletics - Yonder Alonso is headed to the All-Star Game for the first time in his career, but the first baseman has homered in only one of his last 18 games. It's easy to forget that Alonso was sitting on 16 home runs way back on June 3. He has just three since then, and two came in one game.
Philadelphia Phillies - It's only a matter of time before the rebuilding Phillies look to the top players in their farm system to join the big league club, but two of those players -- second baseman Scott Kingery and first baseman Rhys Hoskins -- aren't likely to get the call any time soon. Matt Breen of The Inquirer speculates that a promotion for Hoskins will likely wait until he can be guaranteed a full-time role, and that "it would not be a surprise if the Phillies kept Kingery in the minors until next May -- similar to how they treated Maikel Franco in 2015 -- to secure an extra year of team control."
Pittsburgh Pirates - Now this is the Andrew McCutchen we're used to seeing. Over the last 27 games, McCutchen is batting .392 with 7 home runs, 21 RBIs and a 1.183 OPS. After being named the National League Player of the Month in June, McCutchen already has two home runs in four games this month.
St. Louis Cardinals - Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong are both nearing a return to the field for the Cardinals. Fowler was able to run and participate in drills Wednesday without feeling prohibitive pain from the bone spur in his right heel, while Wong started a rehab assignment at Double-A Springfield and is expected to remain there for a few more games before he's ready to return to the big-league Cards.
San Diego Padres - ESPN's David Schoenfield writes that a rebuilding team should always cash in on a reliever when it can, referring to the Padres putting Brad Hand on the trade market, and lists the Nationals, Brewers, Dodgers, Red Sox, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Astros and Indians as contending teams with potential interest in San Diego's dominant bullpen arm.
San Francisco Giants - Eduardo Nunez is one of the only real trade chips the Giants have this season -- with Johnny Cueto being the other -- and the news regarding Nunez's hamstring injury isn't good. After leaving a Double-A rehab game early, Nunez may be out until after the July 31 trade deadline, and that could potentially scare away any trade suitor that might have been willing to unload prospects in return for Nunez. Nunez is set to become a free agent this winter.
Seattle Mariners - Felix Hernandez's days as Seattle's ace appear to be a thing of the past, and his latest outing against the Royals was just the latest reminder of that. The 31-year-old has allowed at least one home run in five consecutive games and has a 5.04 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in eight starts this season. As hard as it is to believe, King Felix can't be trusted in any fantasy format at this point.
Tampa Bay Rays - Slumps have been few and far between for Corey Dickerson this season, but the hard-hitting DH/OF is 2-for-21 in his last six games, dropping his average from .333 to .318. The 28-year-old is having a great season, but his OPS has dropped each month of the season: 1.015 in April, .975 in May, .826 in June and .536 in July.
Texas Rangers - Ever since Sam Dyson failed to get outs in the ninth inning early on in the season, eventually being let go in early June, the Rangers have been going to the dreaded "closer-by-committee." That's part of the reason why Jon Morosi speculated Thursday that Cincinnati's Raisel Iglesias could be a potential candidate for Texas to pursue.
Toronto Blue Jays - According to ESPN's Buster Olney, right-hander Marcus Stroman could be the player the Blue Jays trade in order to acquire the position players needed to keep up with the division rival Yankees and Red Sox. "If the Jays decide to restructure their team, they could treat Stroman and Aaron Sanchez as the starting pitchers they want to build around," Olney wrote. "But in a division in which the Red Sox and Yankees are loaded with talented young players, Toronto desperately needs a wave of position-player talent to follow Jose Bautista, et al, and a swap of Stroman could fetch major league-ready players right now."
Washington Nationals - Add another name to the list of closers the Nationals are interested in. According to Morosi, Washington is showing interest in Cincinnati's Iglesias, who has a 1.59 ERA and has converted 15 of 16 save opportunities this season. Robertson of the White Sox is another name that has continually been linked to the Nationals in recent months.