Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 5/14/12
The misfortune that is bedeviling the 2012 Royals continues. Left-hander Danny Duffy, the Royals' best young pitching prospect, will miss the rest of the season after an MRI on Monday revealed he has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Duffy will get a second opinion from specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum but almost certainly will need Tommy John surgery to replace the ulnar ligament. It will be the same surgery that Royals closer Joakim Soria had at the end of spring training. The Royals also are missing their top catcher, Salvador Perez, who is out until July after having knee surgery. But the news regarding Duffy is potentially devastating to a team in desperate need of starting pitching, especially a talented young pitcher such as Duffy who is one of the cornerstones of the Royals' rebuilding process. Duffy, 23, was 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA this season in six starts, and was beginning to show the Royals at times just how dominant he could be. Now, though, Duffy will l...
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