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Danny Duffy likely headed for Tommy John elbow surgery

May 14, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

Kansas City's Duffy winds up a pitch against Detroit's Jackson during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City Reuters

UPDATE: After being examined by the Royals’ team doctor Duffy has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, which is the injury that requires Tommy John surgery. He’ll seek a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum first, but it looks like season-ending surgery for the promising left-hander. What a shame.


Danny Duffy exited yesterday’s start in the first inning with a sore elbow and the Royals left-hander is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today.

Duffy faced just three hitters before noticeably shaking his arm in discomfort, at which point manager Ned Yost and a trainer made a mound visit and removed him from the game.

Yost said afterward that he wasn’t going to take any changes with the 23-year-old Duffy, who also missed a start with elbow tightness three weeks ago.

Kansas City is very deep in young hitting talent, but losing Duffy would be a big blow to a pitching staff that still needs plenty of help. After a rough rookie season Duffy has thrown 28 innings with a 3.90 ERA and 28/18 K/BB ratio while showing off impressive fastball velocity.

  1. randall351 - May 14, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Very depressing…

    Hey at least they signed that Doug Davis guy! …*sigh*

    • mlenenski - May 14, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      I just hope Dayton Moore calls up another Rookie to fill Duffy’s spot. The last thing they need is another Jonathan Sanchez giving up four runs in the first each start……..wish Melky Cabrera was still raking doubles at the top of the Royals order this year.

      Sanchez deal has been a total fail.

      • biasedhomer - May 15, 2012 at 12:13 AM

        Ive been saying it for years, Sanchez is a #5 starter. He only goes 5 innings and half the time he is too inconsistent. Ideally, he belongs in the pen. He gets so much “potential” though because of his no hitter.

    • randall351 - May 14, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      According to the Radio, Duffy to 15 day DL and Nate Adcock getting called up.

      • mlenenski - May 14, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        Yost should keep running the Rookies out there and forget rehabing a re-tred off the waiver wire.. This season’s goal was to break .500. Any pitcher can win if his team scores nine runs every night. Yost needs to figure out how to score more runs. Should have kept Melky.

  2. royalsfaninfargo - May 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    I really hope this isnt serious, but I have a feeling he will need Tommy John. It is sad because he was the lone bright spot on a horrible rotation.

  3. recoveringcubsfan - May 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    At least he’s still very young and can use the recovery time to study game film. Or something.

  4. randygnyc - May 14, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    I’m shocked at all the elbow injuries, TJ surgeries over the last couple of years. It also means that pitchers before 25 years ago were pitching successfully with blown out elbows.

  5. randall351 - May 14, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Epic Fail.

  6. - May 14, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    F***!, (proceeds to kick a plastic Santa Clause in the air)

  7. Jeremiah Graves - May 14, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    John Lamb.
    Joakim Soria.
    Danny Duffy.

    …someone should probably check on Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery right now to make sure they aren’t tearing their UCLs too.

    Perhaps the Royals should have thought twice before the voodoo doll night giveaway…that’s coming back to haunt ’em in a big way.

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