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Royals place Danny Duffy on 10-day disabled list with left elbow impingement

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Left-hander Danny Duffy is headed to the 10-day disabled list with left elbow impingement and valgus extension overload, the Royals announced Saturday. Duffy will be eligible to return on September 5 barring any further complications. In a corresponding move, the Royals selected the contract of left-handed reliever Onelki Garcia from Triple-A Omaha and shifted center fielder Bubba Starling to the 60-day disabled list.

It’s a harsh blow to the Royals’ playoff chances, as the team entered Saturday’s competition just 1.5 games back of a wild card spot. Unless Duffy makes a quick recovery (never a guarantee with elbow issues), making a run at the postseason without their ace starter might prove an insurmountable hurdle. The lefty already missed 36 days of the 2017 season after rehabbing a left oblique strain, though this is the first sign of elbow trouble he’s had since 2013. He’s 8-8 through 21 starts with Kansas City and currently holds a career-best 3.1 fWAR, supplemented by a 3.78 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 131 innings.

In Duffy’s absence, the team will turn to left-hander Eric Skoglund for Sunday’s series finale against the Indians. The rookie starter is 1-1 in three starts with the Royals, and delivered six runs, five walks and eight strikeouts over his first 9 2/3 big league innings.

Marcus Stroman: Blue Jays are “f– terrible”

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Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.

Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.

Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”

Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.