by John Viril—
Kansas City Royals starter Danny Duffy got bombed in Omaha last night in his quest to come beck from 2012 Tommy John surgery. Just promoted to AAA after 3 short rehab stints in AA NW Arkansas, Duffy did not survive the third inning. In a 10-7 Stormchaser’s victory over the Nashville Sounds, Duffy surrendered 3 runs in the fourth inning and four more in the 3rd in 2.1 innings of work. Overall, Duffy gave up 7 hits and 2 walks with 0 strikeouts.
Clearly, Duffy has a ways to go before he’s ready for a Kansas City return.
Monday night’s setback was something of a surprise. Duffy showed good velocity in his 3 AA starts, with his fastball sitting right in his pre-injury range between 94 to 96 mph. He had struck out 15 batters in 10.2 innings while compiling a 3.75 ERA. While certainly not dominating and definitely in need of developing more endurance, Duffy did not seem headed for a beating after promotion to AAA.
Danny Duffy is 16 days into his 30-day rehab stint in minor ...