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Danny Duffy to undergo elbow surgery

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Royals’ left-hander Danny Duffy will undergo elbow surgery on Tuesday, per Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. It’s expected to be a relatively minor procedure to remove loose bodies in his elbow and should allow Duffy to make a full recovery before spring training in 2018.

Duffy completed his seventh campaign with the Royals on Thursday, earning his 10th loss of the season with 4 1/3 innings of six-hit, four-run ball against the Tigers. The 28-year-old lefty spent close to two months on the disabled list with various injuries, including a left oblique strain and flexor-pronator strain in his elbow. He never fully recovered from the bout of inflammation in his left elbow and finalized his season stat line with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings.

The good news: Duffy should be on track to re-enter the Royals’ rotation in 2018, barring any unforeseen setbacks. Hopefully, it’ll be a turnaround for the southpaw after chronic injuries and multiple surgeries ate away at his playing time over the last seven years. He signed a five-year, $65 million extension with the club back in January and is slated to receive $14 million next season.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.