Royals’ Duffy Suffers Rotator Cuff Inflammation

Danny Duffy talks to his trainer after throwing one pitch Saturday afternoon. Photo Credit: Rich Schultz/Getty Images
Danny Duffy talks to his trainer after throwing one pitch Saturday afternoon. Photo Credit: Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The Royals suffered a scare on Saturday afternoon when Danny Duffy had to leave the game after only one pitch with an apparent arm injury.

Duffy had a noticeable grimace after he threw the first pitch. This caught the attention of Royals trainer Nick Kenney and manager Ned Yost, as they immediately removed him from the game without letting him take a warm-up pitch.

The initial diagnosis was left shoulder soreness, but the team flew the southpaw back to Kansas City on Sunday morning, where he had an MRI on his arm that night. The results were announced earlier today, and the team appears to have avoided a major bullet. The MRI revealed inflammation of the rotator cuff but no damage to the shoulder or the elbow. He will miss his next scheduled start on Thursday.

Duffy, who entered his start on Saturday third in the American League with a 2.42 ERA, will be re-evaluated in three to four days. Liam Hendricks, who replaced Duffy after he exited the game on Saturday, will make Duffy’s next scheduled start on Thursday against the Red Sox. The Royals are hopeful that the southern California native will only miss one start.

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