Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez has hand surgery

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J.D. Martinez, who leads the Astros in RBIs despite a sub-.700 OPS and month-long demotion to the minors, underwent surgery to remove the hook from the hamate bone in his left hand.

He’s done for the season and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, but Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros are hoping Martinez will be ready to play winter ball.

Martinez had big numbers at Double-A last season and then held his own in a 53-game debut with the Astros, but the 24-year-old outfielder hit just .241 with 11 homers and a .685 OPS in 113 games for Houston this year and was terrible during his demotion to Triple-A.

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.