Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/6/13
After more than a year of rehab following Tommy John surgery, Royals left-hander Danny Duffy is ready to make his season debut, pain-free for the first time since high school. Duffy returned to Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night to watch Kansas City play the Minnesota Twins. He'll get the chance to step on the mound on Wednesday when he fills in for Wade Davis, who went on the family emergency leave list after the sudden death of his stepbrother. Duffy said that he felt ''better than ever,'' and even became sentimental while talking about the long road back from the ligament replacement surgery to his left elbow. ''I think getting back here and the road I had to take to get back here you realize how great we all have it,'' he said. ''You take a lot for granted in life.'' Duffy appeared to be on the fast track to stardom, flashing an overpowering fastball and nasty breaking ball as a rookie two years ago. He was 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA in six starts last season, too, before an elbow t...
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