Royals shut down Danny Duffy with shoulder injury

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Initially the Royals planned to merely push back Danny Duffy’s next start a few days because of shoulder soreness, but as so often happens in cases like this the left-hander is now headed to the disabled list with inflammation.

Left-hander Jason Vargas, who’s coming back from a disabled list stint of his own for an elbow injury, will start in Duffy’s place and the Royals have also called up left-hander Brandon Finnegan from the minors.

Duffy’s history of arm problems likely played a part in the Royals ultimately deciding to use some extra caution. He’s also struggled of late after getting off to a good start this season, allowing 14 runs in 10 innings this month while walking more batters (10) than he struck out (7).

Cavan Biggio hits for the cycle

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Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.

Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.

After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.