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Wednesday Fantasy Pickup: A.J. Pollock, OF, Diamondbacks

When it was reported a few weeks ago that Pollock is dead set on returning this year and intends to resume baseball activities July 1, it flew rather under the radar, but indeed, the star outfielder is making steady progress and we're now just over a week away from that date. At this point, it seems reasonable to expect that Pollock might well return within about two weeks after the All-Star break, with my most pessimistic estimation being Aug. 1. That means it's time to beat the rush and quietly scoop Pollock up in any leagues where he's been cut to the wire. Personally, I'm a Pollock owner who was hit hard by his freak (post-fantasy-drafts, naturally) injury in March, and it's thrilling to hear positive signs about his progress.

I don't think you need to be told what Pollock brings to the table, but in case you've got a goldfish memory (not a true thing, by the way – we need to figure out a new metaphor here), the guy hit .315 with 20 homers and 39 steals last year. Picking a player like him up off the wire – and he is on many, many waiver wires – in midseason is like winning the lottery. You'd like to win the lottery, wouldn't you? Well, now you can.

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