Royals shut down Danny Duffy with shoulder injury

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Initially the Royals planned to merely push back Danny Duffy’s next start a few days because of shoulder soreness, but as so often happens in cases like this the left-hander is now headed to the disabled list with inflammation.

Left-hander Jason Vargas, who’s coming back from a disabled list stint of his own for an elbow injury, will start in Duffy’s place and the Royals have also called up left-hander Brandon Finnegan from the minors.

Duffy’s history of arm problems likely played a part in the Royals ultimately deciding to use some extra caution. He’s also struggled of late after getting off to a good start this season, allowing 14 runs in 10 innings this month while walking more batters (10) than he struck out (7).