Obviously, Royals left-hander Danny Duffy is hugely disappointed over the likelihood of having to have Tommy John elbow surgery soon.
But Duffy also sees no reason why he can't come back better and stronger sometime during the 2013 season.
"I'm very positive going in," Duffy said Wednesday, speaking publicly for the first time since he was diagnosed as having a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
"They've got the surgery down to a science now. I feel very lucky to have this happen in this period of time as opposed to 20 years ago. Dr. (Lewis) Yocum or whoever it's going to be to do the surgery will do a great job. You can come back stronger. Just look at (Stephen) Strasburg. I could name a bunch of people."
Straburg, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2009 draft, had Tommy John surgery in 2010. He now leads the Washington Nationals with a 3-1 record and a 2.25 ERA.
"You have to stay positive," Duffy said. "My goal is to come back by next June. That will depend obvious...