Berkman returns to practice with 'not serious' knee injury

Leave a comment

The knee problem that kept Lance Berkman from working out yesterday has been diagnosed as a left knee contusion, with team doctor David Lintner deeming the injury “not serious” and Berkman returning to action this morning.
Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle reports that Berkman had a “limited workout” that included taking a few swings and some ground balls at first base. “The good news from the MRI is whatever the problem is, I’m not going to be able to make it worse,” Berkman said. “So there’s no reason not to try to do as much as I can.”
Despite the good news Berkman won’t play in the Astros’ spring training opener tomorrow and may also sit out Friday’s game.

Danny Duffy exits spring training game with left shoulder tightness

Danny Duffy
AP Images
Leave a comment

Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.

The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.

The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.