We were afraid this news would come after starting pitcher Danny Duffy delivered just 13 pitches Sunday against the Chicago White Sox.
While the 9-1 win was nice, worries were confirmed when Duffy’s MRI showed a torn ulnar collateral ligament. He’ll get a second opinion, but Tommy John surgery is on the horizon for the young pitcher.
The elbow stiffness which caused him to leave Sunday’s game happened before, in April, but before this start, there’s was no warning.
“There was no indication between his last start and this start to show that there was anything wrong with it,” head athletic trainer Nick Kenney told MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel.
And so one of the Royals’ biggest pitching prospects is likely done for the season. Duffy had a 2-2 record and a 3.90 ERA with 28 strikeouts and 18 walks in 27 2/3 innings.
Duffy likely headed for Tommy John surgery (Royals/MLB.com)
Royals’ Duffy diagnosed with torn elbow ligament; surgery likely (Kansas City Star)