Ike Davis to avoid microfracture surgery

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One of the longest-running player health sagas this summer has been the state of Ike Davis’ ankle. It’s bad, we know, but the big question has been whether he’d need microfracture surgery or if a less-horrific procedure would get the job done.

Today Jon Heyman reports that it appears that Davis will avoid the horrific. He should continue his rehab and should be ready to go by spring training.

Losing Davis was a much bigger blow than people seem to realize for the Mets. He was off to a fantastic start when the injury went down, hitting .302/.383/.543 with seven home runs, 25 RBI.  Having him back and healthy next year will be huge for a Mets team that needs a young cornerstone player.

Danny Duffy exits spring training game with left shoulder tightness

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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.