Tyler Colvin is a former first-round pick and top prospect who hit .290 with 18 homers and an .858 OPS in 136 games for the Rockies last season, but he’s been so miserable this season that no teams snatched up the 28-year-old when he was designated for assignment.
That means the Rockies can keep Colvin in the minors without even using a 40-man roster spot for him, which is quite a fall. He went 12-for-75 (.160) with 27 strikeouts for the Rockies and hit .275 with an .857 OPS in 67 games at Triple-A, which looks decent until you consider that Colorado Springs is a Coors Field-like hitters haven and the team as a whole had an .800 OPS.
Colvin has struggled with a back injury that helps explain his terrible performance, but given all the replacement-level talent being added to 40-man rosters this month it’s still surprising that none of the other 29 teams deemed him worth stashing for the offseason.
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.