Danny Duffy, who exited his weekend start after throwing just one pitch and was diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation, now says his shoulder is feeling “miles better.”
In fact, the Royals haven’t ruled out Duffy being able to start Tuesday against the White Sox.
Of course, as Dick Kaegel of MLB.com notes Duffy hasn’t actually done any throwing since his abbreviated start Saturday, so it’s tough to really trust that his shoulder has improved significantly and, pennant race or not, surely the Royals will want to play it very safe with the 25-year-old left-hander who has a history of arm problems.
In his first full season back from Tommy John elbow surgery Duffy has a 2.42 ERA in 141 innings while holding opponents to a .201 batting average.
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Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.
The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.
Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.
Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.