Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/14/14
Danny Duffy stands 6' 3" and weighs 200 lbs.  The left-handed fireballer was considered the Royals top pitching prospect not so very long ago.  However, 2011 and 2012 saw very limited success at the major league level for the Goleta, California native.  Twenty-six starts into his career he had a losing record to go with a 5.28 ERA and 1.609 WHIP.  That’s where the bad news starts.  Duffy was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery last June 13, a month after he had last appeared in game action, in order to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow.  For the Royals and their followers the good news may start Tuesday when Duffy will toss up to 20 “touch-and-feel” fastballs from a pitchers mound, his first climb onto the hill since the surgery. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star spoke to Duffy on the eve of their first official spring workout for pitchers and catchers at the Surprise Recreation Complex. “Everything is good,” Duffy said. “I’ve got no soreness. I feel better than I have since high school. I’m just trying to find a consistent release point, but that will come with time. As far as the physical side of it goes, there’s nothing wrong.” Duffy's operation was performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum.  He remains on schedule to return to competitive play in July.  “That’s realistic,” Duffy said, “but I’ll be back by June. That’s what I have my mind set on. I try to set my goals high, but that’s when I expect to be back.” Duffy has been a force when pitching in the minor leagues, netting a 2.65 ERA and 1.106 WHIP while striking out 407 hitters in 350 innings.  A year ago the question was can he harness all that talent and perform like that at the big league level.  With the Royals now one season closer to his scheduled free agency, the question is also will he be healthy enough for them to ever find out. Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/05/14/3610785/royals-pain-continues-with-duffys.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/02/11/4060768/royals-notes-duffy-to-take-mound.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/02/11/4060768/royals-notes-duffy-to-take-mound.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/02/11/4060768/royals-notes-duffy-to-take-mound.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/02/11/4060768/royals-notes-duffy-to-take-mound.html#storylink=cpy Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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