Bits: Josh Johnson fires another gem 

June, 12, 2012
Miami Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson hurled seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball to beat the Boston Red Sox on Monday, his sixth quality start in seven outings. Johnson's velocity and command have been better since an awful April (5.34 ERA), and he remains someone to target via trade. His story is also a reminder that season numbers don't mean as much as recent trends.

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow left Monday's outing after just nine pitches with a left oblique strain. The team is calling him day-to-day, but fantasy owners should prepare to be without the No. 17 pitcher on the Player Rater for at least 15 days, perhaps until after the All-Star break. Morrow seemed on the verge of stardom after fanning 203 hitters in 2011 and remains on pace for 178 strikeouts, so hopefully this injury isn't a major setback. Keep him owned in all league setups.

[+] EnlargeAdam LaRoche
Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesAdam LaRoche is quietly having a fine bounce-back season.
Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche homered Monday, his third blast in a week, and he's on pace for 30 home runs and 115 RBIs. LaRoche has certainly cooled off since hitting .329 in April, but the power remains. Curiously, LaRoche is among the most dropped hitters in ESPN leagues, but there's no obvious reason for pending regression.