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KC Royals' Taylor Clarke loss isn't enough

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Before Tuesday’s doubleheader split against the Chicago White Sox, the Kansas City Royals placed RHP Taylor-Clark on the 15-day injured list with a left diagonal strain. The move was retroactive to the previous day, so the long-term theory would give the club 24 hours for him to do so, but the point remains that Clarke’s absence will continue for several weeks in Kansas City’s future. Hmm.

It’s a serious blow for the bullpen, which is ranked 28th in Major League Baseball with a 4.56 ERA.

A quick look at Clarke’s profile doesn’t tell you how good he’s been pitching for the Royals lately. After all, he’s boasted a 4.02 ERA in 47 innings this season, his exit average dropped to his 29th percentile, and ranks in the middle of the pack when it comes to strikeout rate. Judging by those optics, Clark is just a useful arm.

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