Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/20/14
The Kansas City Royals have scratched left-hander Danny Duffy from his second consecutive start with what the team is calling a mild flexor strain is his throwing arm. Manager Ned Yost told reporters – including Dick Kaegel of MLB.com – that the Royals will proceed with the “utmost caution” considering Duffy is coming off of Tommy John surgery. "When Duff threw his last start here, not even the first day, but the second day after his start, he started feeling some mild tightness in his forearm," manager Ned Yost said. "We shut him down from the Detroit start as a precaution and it was starting to feel better. He threw a side and felt good, but at the end of the side, he tried to crank up on it and still felt that mild tightness. We went and got an MRI and it is a very minor flexor strain. We are going to use the utmost caution with him right now coming off Tommy John surgery." Duffy rejoined the Royals earlier this summer and made five starts before experiencing discomfort in his forearm. He underwent Tommy John surgery in June of 2012, and his last appearance came a little over a week ago against the Detroit Tigers. While he’s experiencing discomfort now, it wouldn’t have been evident if you had just looked at Duffy’s numbers. The 24-year-old has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 1.85 and 1.356 over 24 1/3 innings pitched this season. Duffy admitted that the situation is frustrating considering the Royals are making a late push for the playoffs, but he also realized that there would be setbacks coming off a surgery as significant as Tommy John. "It's expected to have setbacks, I'm actually surprised at how good I've felt this whole year without any setbacks," Duffy said. "It's frustrating at this point because we're in the [playoff] chase, but I can definitely have some appreciation for their protection of me." Considering the team’s cautious approach, there’s a chance that Duffy doesn’t pitch again this season. His status will be evaluated and updated through the week, but for today’s start the Royals called up Yordano Ventura. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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