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Joe Kelly takes line drive off of wrist

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Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly barely lasted a third of an inning during Friday’s 10-6 rout of the Rockies. Kelly replaced Pedro Báez at the top of the ninth inning and worked a 2-1 count against Charlie Blackmon. The final pitch, a 86.3-m.p.h. changeup, was returned for a groundout, but caught Kelly’s right wrist as the right-hander tried to deflect it with his glove.

Kelly was immediately examined and taken out of the game. X-rays returned negative, though it looks like the Dodgers may reevaluate the reliever’s status on Saturday before inserting him in his next game. As no fracture was detected, however, it’s unlikely he’ll be assigned to the injured list. The 30-year-old righty is in the first season of a three-year, $27 million contract with the Dodgers. He pitched to poor results in his two prior appearances for the club this spring, collecting a blown save and blown loss in nail-biting losses to the Diamondbacks and Giants, respectively.

With Kelly off the mound, Yimi García took the ball and allowed two solo home runs to David Dahl and Trevor Story before closing out the inning. The Dodgers earned their sixth win of the year, powered in part by home runs from Max Muncy, Russell Martin, and Cody Bellinger, the latter of whom boosted his league-leading total to six homers after belting a 413-footer off of Tyler Anderson in the fifth.

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.