Danny Duffy was hoping to rejoin the Royals’ rotation tomorrow against the White Sox, but Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star writes that he’s not expected to return until next Monday against the Indians.
Duffy gave the Royals a scare when he was forced to exit a start against the Yankees on September 6 after just one pitch. Fortunately, an MRI revealed only rotator cuff inflammation and he’s back to full health now. Still, the Royals will have him throw a simulated game tomorrow while Liam Hendriks will start against the White Sox. Jeremy Guthrie, Jason Vargas, and James Shields are already lined up to pitch in a big series against the Tigers this weekend, so Duffy’s return will be pushed back to next week.
Duffy has been a key part of the Royals’ rotation this season, posting a 2.42 ERA and 108/50 K/BB ratio over 141 1/3 innings.
I guess this came out the day he was elected but I missed it somehow: Larry Walker is going to have a Rockies cap on his Fall of Fame plaque.
While it was once solely the choice of the inductee, for the past couple of decades the Hall of Fame has had final say on the caps, though the request of the inductee is noted. This is done to prevent a situation in which a cap truly misrepresents history. This issue arose around the time Wade Boggs was inducted, as he reportedly had a deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pick their cap on his plaque which, to say the least, would’ve been unrepresentative.
There have been some mildly controversial picks in the past, and some guys who would seem to have a clear choice have gone with blank caps to avoid upsetting the fan base of one of his other teams, but Walker’s doesn’t seem all that controversial to me.
Walker played ten years in Colorado to six years in Montreal and two years in St. Louis. His numbers in Colorado were substantial better than in Montreal. His MVP Award, most of his Gold Gloves, most of his All-Star appearances, and all of his black ink with the exception of the NL doubles title in 1994 came with the Rockies too. Walker requested the Rockies cap, noting correctly that he “did more damage” in a Rockies uniform than anyplace else. And, of course, that damage is what got him elected to the Hall of Fame.
Still, I imagine fans of the old Expos will take at least some issue here. Those folks tend to be pretty possessive of their team’s old stars. It’s understandable, I suppose, given that they’ve not gotten any new ones in a decade or two. Add in the fact that Walker played for the 1994 Expos team onto which people love to project things both reasonable and unreasonable, and you can expect that the Expos dead-enders might feel a bit slighted.
Welp, sorry. A Rockies cap is the right choice. And that’s Walker’s cap will feature.