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Danny Duffy will return from Tommy John surgery tonight

Aug 7, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Danny Duffy, who last pitched for the Royals on May 13 of last season, will rejoin the rotation tonight after completing his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery.

Duffy was off to a good start last season when he was shut down with elbow problems and before going under the knife the left-hander was a top-100 prospect who debuted at age 22. Now he’s 24 and will face the Twins in his return to the majors.

It’s unclear if the Royals plan to keep Duffy around for more than one start. For now he’s starting in place of Wade Davis, who’s away from the team following a death in the family, but Davis also has a 5.42 ERA in 21 starts overall this season and it’ll be tempting to stick with Duffy if he looks good tonight.

  1. randall351 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    When Yost was asked if Duffy was going to be around for more than 1 start yesterday, he said “probably not”, so unless Duffy has an amazing game tonight they’ll probably ship him back to Omaha.

  2. yahmule - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    I remember the game when his elbow blew out. The Royals ran him out there when he was clearly not right. It was incompetent even by their thin standards.

  3. randall351 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Oh and it was Wade Davis’s Step Brother, not Grandfather that passed away.

  4. sportsdrenched - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Leaving Danny Duffy and his potential in the rotation in place of Wade Davies and his 5.42 makes too much sense…which is why it won’t happen.

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