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A.J. Ellis will have his left knee scoped to repair meniscus tear.

Tough news for the Dodgers as Ellis is expected to miss four-to-six weeks after surgery and that's more on the optimistic side of estimates. Drew Butera will step in as the team's primary backstop and Tim Federowicz should be recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque this week. Neither backstop offers much in the fantasy world. If you have unlimited DL spots, then you can stash Ellis, but if you have only a spot or two available, it's best to drop him for the time being.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Kendrys Morales went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run on Wednesday night.

Morales has been one of the better free agent finds this season in both fantasy baseball and in reality for the Royals. His numbers won’t blow you away, but a .306 average, four home runs, and 23 RBI are exactly what Kansas City and many fantasy owners need in the middle of their order. Don’t be surprised if his average tapers off a bit as the season goes on, but the power numbers spike considering his potential as a slugger, effectively evening out his overall production. Consider Morales a solid option going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Brandon Moss went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, and three RBI on Wednesday night.

Moss clubbed his fifth home run of the season on Wednesday night, as his ninth inning solo blast put a nice bow on his otherwise still impressive game. Take this performance for what it is however; as Moss’ numbers indicate that Wednesday night might just be an isolated occurrence rather than a sign of the arrival an elite hitting first baseman. Check his matchups going forward because if nothing else, Moss could prove to be a nice low budget daily league option.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Danny Duffy threw 45 pitches, gave up four runs, and allowed six hits in the first inning on Wednesday night, as he didn't manage to pitch any further in a loss to the Indians.

Duffy couldn’t make it out of the first inning on Wednesday night, as he threw an astounding 45 pitches, gave up four runs, and allowed six hits throughout the single inning. This start is a bit deflating, especially considering that Duffy was coming off a gem on April 30th. His ERA currently sits at 4.55, which is nothing to write home about, so until he can prove some consistency, don’t rely upon Duffy unless you are absolutely strapped for a spot start.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Carlos Carrasco went seven innings, gave up five hits, and three earned runs, while striking out six, in a victory over the Royals on Wednesday night.

Carrasco finally notched himself a quality start this year, even though his victory on Wednesday night was already his fourth of the young season. His ERA sits at a rather inflated 4.71, so he isn’t exactly a guy that you would want to enlist as a starter on your fantasy rotation. His quality start on Wednesday night was encouraging, but something tells me that Carrasco’s artificially high win total will begin to taper off as the season goes on. Stay away from him unless he begins to string together some more quality starts.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Chris Paul will work out on the court Thursday according to Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.

Paul could still miss Game 3 in Los Angeles, but at the very least he appears to be making progress. If Paul cannot play, Austin Rivers will see heavy minutes yet again. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Scooter Gennett went 1-for-5 with a home run and two RBI on Wednesday night vs the Dodgers.

Finally Gennett broke through, as his home run on Wednesday night was his first of the season, and arguably his only important hit of the season. Right now the numbers just aren’t there for the young second baseman, so unless he turns things around, consider Gennett unstartable.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two runs, and two RBI, on Wednesday night vs the Dodgers.

On Wednesday night, Lind connected with a hanging breaking ball in the first inning off Dodgers starter Joe Wieland for his fifth home run of the season. Quietly, Lind has become one of the more serviceable fantasy options at first base, as his slash line sits at an impressive .323/.396/.591, while his five home runs and 15 RBI are just enough power to render him an imposing bat in the middle of the Brewers order. It is tough to tell how long he will be able to maintain this type of production, but the promising sign is that once upon a time, Lind was a legitimate threat in the batters box while playing in Toronto, so he might just be returning to form.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Adrian González went 3-for-4 with a double in loss on Wednesday night vs Milwaukee.

A-Gon swatted himself another three hits on Wednesday night, raising his average to a very impressive .376 on the season. His overall stat line so far on the year makes him an early front-runner for the NL MVP, so anyone who drafted him got very solid value in the top half of their fantasy drafts. Expect the hits to just keep on coming for the veteran first baseman.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 with two home runs on Wednesday night in loss vs the Brewers.

Young Joc has caught fire. His power stroke has been on par with teammate and slugger, Adrian González, as he has now tied him for the team lead with nine dingers, seven of which have come in the last nine games. Although he is only batting .272, there isn’t a much better fantasy option in the outfield right now considering his current hot streak and .423 on base percentage.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Francisco Rodríguez picked up his sixth save of the season on Wednesday night vs the Dodgers.

K-Rod notched his sixth save of the season on Wednesday night, as his scoreless ninth inning effectively shut the door on the Dodgers late inning comeback attempt. After struggling a bit early on in the season, Rodríguez has settled down recording five consecutive scoreless saves. It appears, now that K-Rod has hit his stride, along with the Brewers as a collective unit, he might be a solid buy low fantasy option at the closer position.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Wily Peralta allowed two runs and seven hits over eight innings on Wednesday night in win vs the Dodgers.

Peralta impressed on Wednesday night, as his strong effort led the Brewers to victory over the vaunted Dodgers lineup. The win was his first of the season and lowered his ERA to 3.92. Since mid-April, when he made consecutive starts with four or more earned runs allowed, Peralta has really settled down, making a legitimate case for a top tier waiver wire pickup. If you need starting pitching help, his stock just keeps trending upward, so now might be the time to pick up Peralta.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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