Royals Pitcher Danny Duffy Ahead of Rehab Schedule
Royals starter Danny Duffy is ahead of schedule in the rehabilitation of his oblique.
After about two weeks sustaining a severe oblique strain, Royals starter Danny Duffy is ahead of schedule in his rehab.
Duffy, who has stayed in Kansas City and has not accompanied the team on this week’s road trip in Los Angeles, threw a 20-pitch bullpen session at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, June 13. He is scheduled to throw again on Friday, Yost said.
Duffy was supposed to miss anywhere from six to eight weeks after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 plus oblique strain.
The injury occurred while Duffy was running to cover first base in Cleveland on May 28. The updated timeline would put Duffy on pace to return to the Royals after the All-Star break, which begins on July 10. However, with many more rehabilitation phases to complete, it is not certain Duffy will return early.
With the Kansas City Royals on a four-game win streak going into Thursday’s series (June 15), Head Coach Ned Yost will hope the team stays hot in Duffy’s absence. The offense has sparked to life, with the home run ball playing a crucial factor in their success.
The pitching has also been solid, with the starters and relievers contributing equally. Starter Jason Hammel has picked up two wins in his last two starts, bumping his record to 3-6 with a 5.05 ERA. With Duffy injured, however, the Royals will look to Matt Strahm to open the four game series against the Angels.
Strahm, who has been a reliever all season, will make his first start Thursday. Strahm is 1-3 with a 4.5 ERA. Yost has said that Strahm is a long term starting pitcher, so hopefully the 6’3 185 left-hander can be the next Danny Duffy. Duffy, the Royals ace pitcher, worked from the bullpen almost exclusively the last few seasons.
Is this the start of a hot streak that could propel the Royals into first place in the AL Central? Currently, the Royals are four games back on the Minnesota Twins. In a division with no clear-cut front runner, and with the return of Danny Duffy, the Royals could make things interesting.