Kyle Schwarber out for the year with torn knee ligaments

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We feared the worst, but hoped for the best. But we’re getting the worst. The Cubs just announced that left fielder Kyle Schwarber full tears to his ACL and LCL in his left leg. He will need surgery and will be out for the entire 2016 season.

For those who missed it last night, Schwarber and center fielder Dexter Fowler converged in an attempt to catch a Jean Segura fly ball in left-center in the second inning against the Diamondbacks. The two collided, but Schwarber took the brunt of the collision and was on the ground clutching at his leg before being carted off.

In the game Kris Bryant moved to left field from third base and Tommy La Stella came in to play third, but going forward it’s likely that Jorge Soler will get more playing time. That is, if the Cubs don’t decide to seek a trade to replace what many expected to be a big offensive year from young Kyle Schwarber, 23, who hit 16 homers in 69 games last year.

Such a shame.

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.