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.
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