Alex Gordon will begin a rehab assignment this weekend

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Royals outfielder Alex Gordon will begin a rehab assignment this weekend, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. Gordon has been out since July 9 after suffering a Grade 2 groin strain. If all goes well, the Royals could get Gordon back by the end of the month.

Gordon, 31, was hitting .279/.394/.457 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI prior to the injury, resulting in a nomination to the American League All-Star team for the third consecutive season. The 70-46 Royals lead the AL Central by 11.5 games over the Twins, so they’re near-locks to win the division. But the Royals would still like to get him back to remove any doubt and to give him enough playing time to remove any rust.

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.