Royals get left-hander Danny Duffy back from disabled list

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Kansas City’s injury wrecked rotation just got a little healthier, as the Royals activated left-hander Danny Duffy from the disabled list after he missed a month with biceps tendinitis.

Duffy struggled before being shut down, posting a 5.87 ERA in eight starts, but he had a 2.53 ERA in 149 innings last year in his first full season back from Tommy John elbow surgery.

Royals starters Yordano Ventura and Jason Vargas remain on the disabled list, but journeymen Chris Young and Joe Blanton have done a remarkably good job filling in.

Bryce Harper is on paternity leave

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Several years ago, Bryce Harper made news when it was revealed that he thought the word “meme” was pronounced “may-may.” That may be my favorite Bryce Harper moment ever.

As it was announced by the Phillies a little while ago that Harper has been placed on paternity leave, I’m wondering if he pronounces the word “baby” “bébé.”

I wouldn’t think less of him if he did, actually. One of my favorite people in the world does that.

Anyway, congratulations to Bryce Harper on becoming a dad. And it’s good news not just for him but for the Phillies and their fans as well. Why? Because as Bill noted earlier this week, Harper seems to hit better when he’s being taunted and mocked. For now that’s not very important, as the child won’t be talking for some time. As a father of teenagers, I can tell you that eventually the little monsters live to disrespect their dear old dads. If Harper’s current motivational patterns hold, by the time that kid is ten Harper will be winning the dang Triple Crown every year.

But again, congratulations to the Harpers.