Kansas City Royals: Danny Duffy placed on disabled list

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The injuries keep on coming for the Kansas City Royals. It was announced on Saturday afternoon that starting pitcher Danny Duffy would be landing on the disabled list with a sore elbow.

So it goes for the Kansas City Royals. Another talented player has been placed on the disabled list, but this one definitely stings much more than Joakim Soria and Neftali Feliz being away does. Danny Duffy is the guy heading to the disabled list and it couldn’t come at a worse time.

Duffy last started on Wednesday, throwing nearly six shutout innings before giving up a bogus two-run homer to the Colorado Rockies. The batter before Nolan Arenado (who hit the home run) was given a walk when he should have been out and the inning should have been over.

Danny Duffy looked sharp in that start and I wrote about how he’d need to continue being that kind of starter for the Royals. Instead, he’ll now be missing some action as the team continues to chase the second Wild Card spot.

There’s no other way to put this… This sucks. The Kansas City Royals have been bitten by the injury bug quite a bit this year and Duffy is heading to the DL for the second time in 2017.

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Injuries have always haunted Duffy throughout his career, which the organization knew about before giving him his well-deserved extension last offseason. Duffy has an 8-8 record, 3.78 ERA,1.252 WHIP, and 116 strikeouts in 21 starts this year.

With Duffy on the shelf for awhile, it’s up to the rest of the Royals rotation to hold down the fort while the Duffman is on hiatus. Jason Hammel has been the second most reliable starter behind Duffy and Jake Junis has surprised everyone as a rookie.

Eric Skoglund will be making his fourth career start on Sunday, which isn’t the best of news. Skoglund had that one good start against the Tigers in May, but since then, has been back and forth between Kansas City and Omaha.

This is just another obstacle that the Kansas City Royals will have to overcome this year, but it sure does suck. In 2014 and 2015 when the Royals went to the World Series, they were relatively healthy all year and that was the difference for sure. It hasn’t been like that in 2016 or 2017 unfortunately.

At the end of the day though, the Royals did well without Danny Duffy the first time he went on the disabled list, so maybe the victories will start pouring in once again with him out of the action. You just never know.