Roto Roundup: Kendrys Morales Out for Season, Eric Hosmer Hits First Major League Home Run, John Lackey Gets Rocked

Daily Scoring Drought Scorecard:  13 games, 2 rainouts

Teams Shutout: 1

Teams w/1 run scored: 0

Teams w/2 runs scored: 3

Teams w/ 3 runs scored: 6

Teams w/ > 3 runs scored: 16

As I posted last night, the big news of the day came late Wednesday night when the Angels announced that first baseman Kendrys Morales will be out for the season, as he will undergo surgery to remove scar tissues from his ankle. He can be dropped in all leagues except keeper and dynasty leagues.

The Cubs placed catcher Geovany Soto on the 15 day DL with a groin strain. Koyie Hill will spell Soto while he is on the DL, but he is not rosterable in mixed leagues.

The Padres brought their bats to their day game in Milwaukee today, lighting up Brewers starter Randy Wolf to the tune of 5 runs on 12 hits in 3+ innings pitched.  Wolf's ERA jumped to 4.11 and his WHIP to 1.39.

Padres shortstop Jason Bartlett went 4-6 with 2 runs, 2 RBI and 2 SBs in the Padres 13-6 win over the Brewers. Like many of the Padres hitters, Bartlett isn't hitting well this season, as this game raised his triple slash line to .256-.317-.288 with no homers, 9 RBIs and 7 SBs. If you can live with the low BA and no power, Bartlett can steal 25+ bases this season.

More Roto Roundup after the jump:

Bartlett's teammate Cameron Maybin also went 4-6 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs on Wednesday. Maybin is hitting .252-.331-.393 on the season with 3 HRs, 10 RBIs and 6 SBs in 8 attempts. He is still striking out too much, but he has increased his walk rate this season to 11%.

Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison will be activated from the DL on Friday. Morrison was hitting .327-.424-.636 with 4 HRs, 11 RBIs and 8 runs scored in 66 plate appearances. He owns a terrific K/BB rate of 11-10.

Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 3-4 with a HR and 3 RBIs on Wednesday. He is now hitting .333-.390-.567 with 4 HRs and 22 RBIs in 90 at bats. Martinez still owns catcher eligibility from last year, and has already caught 7 games this year, so he could retain eligibility next year as well.

Twins DH Jason Kubel has been one of the few bright spots for the team this year as he is hitting .355-.414-.532 after going 2-3 with a HR and 4 RBIs on Wednesday. I don't see him hitting .300 all year, but he has been a solid fantasy producer over the last 3 years.

Astros outfielder Hunter Pence went 2-4 with the game winning RBI yesterday. For the season, Pence is hitting .307-.352-.500 with 5 HRs, 31 RBIs and 2 SBs. Pence is on track for a career year if he keeps this up.

I don't think I have written about Buster Posey since the seasons started, but there might be a reason. He hasn't given me much reason to write about him. He is hitting a disappointing .241-.336-.362 with 4 HRs and 19 RBIs. His ISO of .122 says he isn't hitting for much power yet, as it is down from .200 in 2010, but he is still walking plenty-11%, and his BABIP of .267 is down from .315 last season.

Orioles outfielder Adam Jones went 4-4 with 2 RBIs last night and is now 7 for his last 10 with 5 RBIs in the last two games. For the season, Jones is hitting .286-.326-.460 with 5 HRs, 21 RBIs and 4 SBs. Is 2011 the season where he hits 20+ HRs and drives in 90+?

Royals first base prospect Eric Hosmer hit his first major league HR last night off of Yankees starter A.J. Burnett. I can see Hosmer hitting 15-20 HRs with a .280 BA this season.

Speaking of A.J. Burnett, he pitched 7 solid innings, giving up just one run on one hit, the HR to Hosmer, but walked 5 and struck out 6. Without much fanfare, Burnett has started the season very well, as he is 4-2 with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. He could stand to limit his walks, but he might just have turned things around this year.

Rays starter David Price won his 5th game of the season on Wednesday, holding the Indians to 2 runs on 5 hits in 8 innings and striking out 7. He lowered his ERA to 3.12 and his WHIP to 1.06.

Rays outfielder Sam Fuld has been in an awful slump. Coming into Wednesday's game, Fuld was in a 5-59 slump which saw his BA plummet from .366 on April 22nd to .238 on May 10th. Fuld went 3-4 with 2 RBIs and a SB last night, and fantasy owners are hoping this is start of a hot streak for Fuld.

Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda dominated the Pirates on Wednesday, shutting them out for 7 innings. Kuroda gave up just 6 base runners and struck out 7 to win his 4th game of the season. He lowered his ERA to an excellent 3.21.

Red Sox starter John Lackey was the total opposite of Kuroda last night, as he gave up 9 runs on 9 hits and 5 walks in 6+ innings and struck out just one. Lackey's ERA ballooned to 8.01 and his WHIP to 1.81. If I owned him in any league, I think I would look to the waiver wire because I am sure there are better options out there.

Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez stayed hot on Wednesday going 2-4 with a HR and an RBI. It was his 4th straight multi-hit game where he has hit 4 of his 7 HRs this season. 

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth went 2-5 with a HR, 2 RBI and a SB. Werth has disappointed this season, but he is starting to heat up, as he has homered in two straight games, and is hitting .234-.329-.430 with 6 HRs, 14 RBIs and 5 SBs. His power and SB totals are acceptable, but he has been unlucky with a .253 BABIP which has kept his BA down.

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