Kansas City Royals: Danny Duffy Headed To Disabled List


The Kansas City Royals‘ starting rotation will see some changes, as Danny Duffy is headed to the 15-day disabled list. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star broke the news on Monday morning.

As McCullough tweeted above, Jason Vargas will get the start on Tuesday, and Brandon Finnegan has been called up in place of Duffy.

This injury comes at a convenient time. Chris Young has been straight up dealing for the Royals going 4-0, posting a 0.74 ERA in four starts, and showing that he deserves to stay in the rotation.

Everyone knew that Jason Vargas coming off the disabled list would pose a question for the Kansas City Royals. Keep Young in the rotation or let Duffy prove himself? Well, Duffy going to the DL works out because now the Royals will have Young until at least early June.

Duffy has struggled in 2015 especially in his last three starts. He was only able to go 9 and 2/3 innings with a 13.03 ERA and going 0-3. Duffy ended up skipping his start on Saturday due to stiffness in his shoulder, and Edinson Volquez took the mound instead.

The move raised some eyebrows, but now with Duffy headed to the DL, it appears he might have been struggling for a reason.

In other Royals news, Alex Rios has been sent to his rehab assignment in Omaha, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. Rios has been on the disabled list since getting hit in the hand by a pitch in Minnesota back in the second week of the season. Hopefully Rios will be the same player he was before getting injured. He had nine hits, four runs, eight RBIs, and one home run in seven games.

Jason Vargas will pitch for the Royals on Tuesday in a 6:05 showdown at Yankee Stadium. Vargas hasn’t been doing his best work this season, currently logging a 5.26 ERA, yet going 3-1. Vargas looked the best all season in his last appearance, May 5th at Kauffman Stadium against the Cleveland Indians.

After giving up a two-run home run early, Vargas dominated the rest of the game. He managed to go six innings and only allowed two hits and two earned runs on the night. Hopefully this is the Jason Vargas that returns to the mound for the Royals on Tuesday. He’s had some pretty bad starts this season, and it’d be nice if he could return with a bang.

It’ll be an interesting few weeks, as the Kansas City Royals will decide what the fate of Danny Duffy will be. When he’s off the DL, will he return to the rotation? Will he be sent to the bullpen? Will he play in Omaha for a few weeks? Only time will tell.

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