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 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 13 of the 2017 season:
Arizona Diamondbacks: Daniel Descalso has hit .346 over his past six games, raising his average 26 points in the process. Of course, context is important. Four of those games came against the Phillies, the other two in Coors Field, and he's now hitting only .231 for the season . Still, the veteran might have only a few more days in the starting lineup, as A.J. Pollock got back on the field on Sunday for Triple-A Reno. Assuming no further setbacks, expect Pollock back in action after another two to three rehab outings.
Atlanta Braves: Brandon Phillips went 0-for-4 on Sunday, ending his streak of consecutive games with a home run at three. Still, the veteran second baseman is batting .301 on the year, and while he might end up being used as a trade chip for a team with little chance of making a realistic run at the playoffs this season, Phillips wants to stay. "I'm just happy the Braves gave me an opportunity to play in front of [my] hometown like this. Hopefully, I can do it more than one year. We are playing good, and hopefully things will work out the way everybody in this clubhouse is thinking. We are having fun."
Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles are preparing closer Zach Britton for a July 5 return by pre-scheduling his rehab workload, with an eye on simulating a "normal spring training" experience. Manager Buck Showalter believes all is well with the process: "He's feeling good. [Saturday] was the first night he really felt like he really turned it loose without any conviction about, 'Is this going to hurt or is that going to hurt?' and pitched in a game without thinking about it." He's now scheduled to pitch on Monday, Thursday and Friday of this week, with one final outing to follow before rejoining the Orioles."
Boston Red Sox: Third base for Boston is seemingly becoming the "drummer for Spinal Tap" position to be feared in baseball. Pablo Sandoval is on the disabled list with an inner ear infection, his second absence of the season. This weekend, Brock Holt was moved to the 60-day DL with his vertigo, and then Josh Rutledge informed the team he has been quietly dealing with a concussion since May 29. His average has plummeted from .292 to .224 since then, with 22 K's in 59 at-bats. For now, Deven Marrero is starting at third base, but both he and Double-A call-up Tzu-Wei Lin had best watch their step.
Chicago Cubs: It was looking like Addison Russell was beginning to turn things around at the plate, hitting .370 over his past eight games, though he had been alternating oh-fers and multihit efforts in that span. However, on Sunday, Russell felt pain in the right shoulder that has been bothering him all season and pulled himself from the game. "I definitely know when I can go and when I need to shut it down," Russell said. "There's a difference between whenever you're trying to work through something or you're working against something." When you see Jeimer Candelario called up, that's probably a sign the Cubs will be sitting Russell for a few days as a precaution.
Chicago White Sox: It's looking like Wednesday might be the day Carlos Rodon (left-biceps bursitis) finally returns to the White Sox rotation. Manager Rick Renteria thought his pitcher's Friday rehab start was "better than people think. He got up to 91 or 92 pitches, but there were some plays that could have been made that weren't. His slider was working well, his fastball was good. And again, [he's] healthy, feeling good."
Cincinnati Reds: Luis Castillo's debut on Friday in Washington wasn't exactly an effort that would make fantasy owners rush to their computers to grab him off the waiver wire -- five innings, five hits, five strikeouts, five walks and, mercifully, only two runs in a no-decision. Still, manager Bryan Price will leave the rookie in his rotation for now, even with the return of Homer Bailey and Brandon Finnegan from the disabled list. "As he gets settled in here, I think we'll see something that more resembles what we saw in Double-A as far as pitch efficiency. That'll go a long way," Price said.
Cleveland Indians: Michael Brantley is already on the shelf with a sprained ankle. Abraham Almonte has a right-biceps strain. Now Austin Jackson might be in danger of joining both outfielders on the disabled list. Jackson left Sunday's game with tightness in his left quad and will be re-evaluated today. Manager Terry Francona was optimistic, "It's not bad. There's even some thought that maybe it's a cramp." Dan Robertson, who went 0-for-20 from June 16-23 before going 2-for-4 over the weekend against Minnesota, would probably be the (lackluster) fill-in for the Indians.
Colorado Rockies: Jon Gray broke his foot during a game on April 13. He is now expected to finally make his return on Friday against the Diamondbacks. Gray threw 94 pitches for Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday and is looking forward to resuming his big league career. "It definitely means more now, but I'm not changing anything at all," Gray said. "I'm just going to take that aggressive mindset, look for quick outs and make hitters uncomfortable."
Detroit Tigers: Deep leaguers might want to take a look at Mikie Mahtook, who is hitting .350 for the month of June with nine starts and 15 appearances. Mahtook drove in the game-winning runs in the ninth inning on Sunday to break the team's eight-game losing streak. With Alex Presley out for an indeterminate amount of time due to a concussion suffered on Thursday, Mahtook could get a lot more center-field playing time.
Houston Astros: While there's no bad news in terms of his recovery from neck discomfort, don't expect to see Dallas Keuchel pitch for Houston again until the second half of the season. Manager A.J. Hinch didn't completely rule out the possibility but noted that "we're going a little bit slower than maybe we could or he could, just being conservative. We've worked so hard to get him to continue to progress with no setbacks."
Kansas City Royals: Danny Duffy (strained right oblique) took his first steps toward a return to the Royals, with a rehab start on Saturday for Triple-A Omaha. Manager Ned Yost called Duffy's 48 pitches in 2 2/3 innings a "good first step." Expect two more rehab starts and, if he can work his pitch count up to the neighborhood of 85 pitches with no issues, he should be back in Kansas City's rotation.
Los Angeles Angels: Parker Bridwell is now 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in four appearances for the Angels after a 4-2 win over the Red Sox on Sunday. The losing pitcher in that game was Doug Fister, who was teammates with Bridwell just a few weeks ago when the Angels had to decide which one of the two pitchers to keep in the organization. "I obviously knew he could fill a spot if they wanted that," Bridwell said. "Me being in the spot I am, I'm going to do everything I can not to let that happen. I just go out and take care of my business and control what I can control." At least for one day, they clearly made the right choice.
Los Angeles Dodgers: The team will not decide until Tuesday or Wednesday if the strained right hamstring of Corey Seager will require a trip to the disabled list. Seager, who had been hitting .426 with four home runs and 14 RBIs since June 10, had to leave Friday's game after cramping up on the basepaths. Enrique Hernandez, who has driven in five runs in his past four starts, played shortstop over the weekend and will presumably do so until Seager is ready to return.
Miami Marlins: The Marlins had done without shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria in their lineup since the shortstop went on the disabled list on May 10 with a strained left oblique. Rather than disrupt the progress of J.T. Riddle, the team agreed to deal Hechavarria to the Rays for a pair of prospects. Riddle is in the midst of an 0-for-22 skid that might be partially the result of his pressing, knowing that Hechavarria was about to return. We'll see if this trade helps Riddle relax at the plate and begin producing again.
Milwaukee Brewers: Jett Bandy has gone just 2-for-38 (.053) in June, so while the Brewers still like the backup catcher for the future, as they currently sit in first place, his stick just isn't good enough. That's why Milwaukee is taking a chance on Stephen Vogt, on Sunday claiming the catcher who had been designated for assignment by the A's earlier in the week. Manny Pina remains the primary starter, but manager Craig Counsell said that "we think Stephen's a guy who certainly not that long ago had some solid, solid success in this league. He hits left-handed, which I think is something that we can use."
Minnesota Twins: Chris Gimenez might not be the most valuable player in fantasy. In fact, it's hard to argue against his ESPN ownership level of 0.1 percent. But he may well be the most indispensable member of the Twins. Not only has Gimenez pitched six times this season at the back end of blowouts to spare the bullpen, but on Saturday, he added left field to his 2017 resume, jumping into action when both Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario (illness), along with Max Kepler (bruised foot) all had to sit.
New York Mets: In a season in which the Mets' injury list is almost as long as "War and Peace," they could ill-afford losing Michael Conforto for any significant amount of time. However, that was the fear after the outfielder was plunked on the wrist by a Matt Moore pitch on Sunday. X-rays were negative, so the hope is that Conforto could be back in action on Tuesday. "I definitely hope so," Conforto said. "It's pretty stiff right now, and hopefully I will be back out there as soon as possible."
New York Yankees: Although Aaron Hicks had been in a slump the past two weeks, batting just .216 since June 9, the outfielder was nevertheless a strong anchor to the Yankees' defensive alignment in the wake of Jacoby Ellsbury's concussion. Unfortunately, Hicks is now headed to the disabled list himself and expected to miss three to four weeks after suffering a strained right oblique. Manager Joe Girardi said Hicks' injury is what prompted the team to reinstate Ellsbury sooner than originally planned -- and that's just fine with the veteran outfielder. "Everything went well today," Ellsbury said after a 2-for-5 rehab effort at Triple-A on Sunday.
Oakland Athletics: When it's the end of June and you're 17 1/2 games out of first place, why not go with a youth movement? In addition to getting rid of Stephen Vogt and letting catcher Bruce Maxwell try his hand behind the plate, Oakland promoted top prospect Franklin Barreto on Saturday, as Chad Pinder (hamstring) went on the 10-day DL and Jed Lowrie was deemed day-to-day with a strained knee. Barreto went 2-for-5 in both weekend games, including his first home run. He might end up getting sent back down for a short spell but is likely to become the team's everyday second baseman once the trade deadline passes.
Philadelphia Phillies: A power surge at Double-A Reading has earned Scott Kingery a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 23-year-old second baseman slugged just .388 across two levels last season but really turned up the power with 18 home runs (.608 SLG) while keeping up the speed in the form of 19 steals and five triples in 69 games this season. Back in the spring, manager Pete Mackanin said that Kingery "might be on a fast track to the big leagues." He might not get there in 2017, but an Opening Day start in 2018? It's very plausible.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Josh Harrison must think there's a bull's-eye on his uniform. The major league leader in getting hit by a pitch (16) has been plunked five times in the past week alone. Manager Clint Hurdle doesn't think there's a conspiracy here: "There haven't been a lot of pitches up and in, so I don't think anybody is hunting him. I just think they're trying to get in there, and they make a mistake. It's clipping him a little bit." At the same time, Harrison is using this as motivation to steal bases, and with nine so far, he's on pace for a career high in that category as a result.
St. Louis Cardinals: Dexter Fowler was placed on the 10-day disabled list, as his chronic heel injury just doesn't seem to want to go away. That opened door for Randal Grichuk to get another shot in the Cardinals outfield, and he didn't waste any time with it. Grichuk, who had homered five times in his past six games for Triple-A Memphis, went 2-for-5 with a mammoth solo home run in St. Louis on Sunday. He should continue to play, at least until Fowler's foot heals.
San Diego Padres: Manager Andy Green said that, if Alex Dickerson were healthy, he would be batting cleanup for the Padres right now. However, he has been out all year with a bulging disc and has decided to undergo season-ending surgery to try to fix the problem once and for all. Dickerson underwent a similar procedure at age 15. "He got 11 years of pretty good health out of it," Green said. "I think our hope right now is he gets another 11 years of really good health out of this surgery." He's a name to stash away for draft day in 2018.
San Francisco Giants: Fantasy owners who are scrambling to replace the production of the 81.1 percent-owned Eduardo Nunez, placed on the disabled list on Friday with a hamstring injury, might not have to worry too much about the long term. Since the move was retroactively made to Tuesday, Nunez can rejoin the Giants as early as June 30 -- and that's exactly what manager Bruce Bochy is counting on. "We miss him. He's one of our catalysts -- hitting at the top of the order. He's swinging the bat so well." Ryder Jones, 0-for-6 at third base over the weekend, is likely headed back to Triple-A.
Seattle Mariners: Prior to sitting out Sunday's game to a combination of a groin injury and swollen lymph nodes, Ben Gamel had played in 27 consecutive games, batting .404 during that stretch, including a 15-game hitting streak that ended with an 0-for-4 on Saturday. Manager Scott Servais is optimistic that Gamel's absence will not be long: "I'd love to keep him in there, but he has played every day basically for a month. ... We have not had an off day in 20 days. It takes its toll."
Tampa Bay Rays: While the Rays agreed to a deal for shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, there's still hope that Matt Duffy is finally on the road to a complete recovery. However, that's still only a maybe. Duffy, who has been out all season following heel surgery performed last September, had a calcium deposit removed this past week. "We're hoping that that is what's been causing all the irritation, because it was taken right from the spot where he gets most of this pain," manager Kevin Cash said.
Texas Rangers: Joey Gallo, after going 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in his previous two games, sat out both Saturday and Sunday for Texas with what the team is calling a sore hamstring. Gallo saw a doctor over the weekend but did not have an MRI. The verdict, for now at least, is simply soreness that will allow Gallo to play whenever he's able to deal with the pain. Still, it might be a risky week to lock Gallo in if you're in a league in which you're stuck for seven days once games start.
Toronto Blue Jays: Roberto Osuna pitched on Sunday for the first time in four days, and in a ninth-inning, non-save situation. He gave up a hit but did strike out the side in what has to be seen as a positive sign for a pitcher who has been dealing with anxiety issues. "I'm just trying to do my best when I go out there. I'm just trying to follow directions with whatever the doctors and trainers here tell me to do," Osuna said. "I'm just trying to get healthy and trying to get better. ... It's slowly getting better."
Washington Nationals: After Francisco Rodriguez posted a 7.88 ERA in June, the Tigers decided to let the veteran reliever walk last week. The internet rumor mill has already started speculating that K-Rod could end up in Washington. The Nationals have converted only 62.5 percent of their save chances this season, and only 57.1 percent in June (tied for ninth-worst in the league), so interest in Rodriguez comes as no surprise. Stay tuned.