Danny Duffy to miss Friday start with elbow tightness

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Royals left-hander Danny Duffy has been scratched from his scheduled Friday start because of what the team is calling “minor elbow tightness.”

Duffy described the injury as “not bad at all” and told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that “I want to pitch, but I appreciate the care they’re showing me in this situation.”

For now Duffy will avoid the disabled list and has been penciled in to start next week versus the Tigers, but obviously elbow issues for a 23-year-old pitcher are worth being worried about.

Duffy, who ranked 68th on Baseball America‘s annual prospect list prior to debuting for the Royals last season, has a 3.63 ERA and 20/12 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this year.

Kyle Schwarber has lost 17-20 pounds

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As is offseason tradition, the first of player-shape reports are trickling in. These usually use some variation of the phrase “best shape of [my/his] life.” This one, though, avoids that at least.

According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber has lost 17-20 pounds so far this offseason. Schwarber said that he’s “already big and strong,” so “might as well try to get more explosive, faster.”

Though Schwarber knocked out 30 home runs this past season, his numbers were otherwise pedestrian. He hit .211/.315/.467 with 59 RBI and 67 runs scored in 486 plate appearances.

There has been some speculation that the Cubs will try to trade Schwarber to an American League team where he can be a DH. He’s a subpar defender, so making him a full-time DH makes a lot of sense. So far, though, the only team that has been linked to Schwarber this offseason has been the Red Sox.