KC Royals: Danny Duffy Will Skip Start On Saturday


Danny Duffy has seen his fair share of struggles this season for the KC Royals and now will be skipping his Saturday start against the St. Louis Cardinals. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star is reporting that Duffy will skip his next start due to stiffness in his shoulder.

Duffy has struggled in his past three games, only lasting 9 and 2/3 innings and posting a 13.03 ERA. Duffy went 0-3 in those three games.

Many have speculated what the team might do with Duffy should he pitch poorly again on Saturday, but now it looks like the Royals will have more time to decide what might happen when Jason Vargas returns from the disabled list.

Edinson Volquez will move up a day and pitch on Saturday while Yordano Ventura will take the mound for Sunday’s 1:10 game. Duffy, as McCullough tweeted above, will make his next start on Tuesday against the New York Yankees.

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Duffy has been a question mark this season for the Kansas City Royals. Last season, he was one of the best pitchers in the rotation despite not being included in the postseason rotation. He instead assumed the role of long reliever in the bullpen.

McCullough’s article mentioned that Ned Yost said he wasn’t too concerned about the injury and noted that the day off this past Thursday allowed the team to make a move like this. The starters typically would have had an extra day of rest, but now instead get the regular amount.

Just last month, Duffy looked pretty good on the mound for the KC Royals and he completely dominated the Detroit Tigers on April 30th at the K. In that game, Duffy pitched seven innings and didn’t give up a run until late in his start. Hopefully this skipped game can get Danny Duffy back to where he was at that start because if he continues to pitch as poorly as he has the past three games, he might be hanging out in Omaha for a few weeks.

Personally, I was concerned about Duffy starting on Saturday. He hasn’t been pitching well and the Royals are hosting one of the best teams in baseball in the Cardinals. If the Kansas City Royals feel this is the best decision then I’m behind it for sure.

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