Danny Duffy hopes to return to Royals’ rotation on Tuesday

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Royals starter Danny Duffy will throw a light bullpen session on Sunday and is hopeful he’ll be able to rejoin the Royals’ starting rotation on Tuesday, per a report from Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star.

Duffy gave the Royals a scare when he left last Saturday’s start against the Yankees after one pitch. He was diagnosed with inflammation of the rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder.

The 25-year-old left-hander has been the Royals’ best starter, currently sitting on a 2.42 ERA with a 108/50 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings. The Royals enter Saturday night’s action just a half-game behind the Tigers for first place in the AL Central, so they need Duffy back as soon as possible.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.