Alfred Simon posted a ghastly 9.36 ERA with only slightly better peripherals in 58.2 innings last year. Then he had shoulder surgery. That guaranteed that he would not get much of a look from any big league team heading into 2017.
But he’s pitching again. Trying to, anyway: he has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.
Simon is 36. He’s a symmetrical 47-47 in nine big league seasons with a 4.56 ERA. I’m guessing this stint with the Ducks does not get him back to the big leagues, but then again, I figured him being accused of killing a guy would’ve kept him out of baseball too, so what do I know?
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.