Kansas City’s sports radio 810 WHB reports that Royals pitcher Danny Duffy was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol Sunday evening in Overland Park, Kansas. UPDATE: multiple other news outlets have now, after contacting the Overland Park police, confirmed WHB’s report.
WHB reports that, based on Overland Park municipal court records, Duffy was charged with the violation at 7:35pm. The Royals lost at Cleveland 12-0 earlier in the day. Duffy is scheduled for arraignment September 19 at 1:00pm.
Duffy is 8-8 with a 3.78 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 116/36 in 131 innings this year. He is currently on the disabled list with what has been diagnosed with a low-grade pronator strain in his elbow.
UPDATE: The circumstances of his arrest were . . . interesting. Short version: he was arrested after passing out behind the wheel of his car at a Burger King drive-through.
The Royals have acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Nationals, the teams announced Sunday. The Nationals received minor league right-handed reliever Jacob Condra-Bogan in the deal.
Goodwin, 27, was working through his third campaign with the Nationals in 2018. He saw limited playing time in the outfield (mostly due to the trifecta of talent the club already had in Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton, and Juan Soto), and finished the first half of the season with a .200/.321/.354 batting line, three home runs, three stolen bases and a .674 OPS in just 79 plate appearances. The Royals, who appear thin on compelling center field options at the moment, are expected to utilize him on a more frequent basis once he’s added to the active roster.
The 23-year-old Condra-Bogan has yet to break into the majors with any team so far. He got his start in pro ball in 2017 with the independent Washington WildThings of the Frontier League and issued three runs, three walks and 15 strikeouts over 15 1/3 innings before signing on with the Royals as a free agent. This season, he pitched to an impressive 2.08 ERA, 0.7 BB/9 and 13.5 SO/9 through 26 innings in Single-A Lexington before getting transferred to High-A Wilmington for a single appearance. The Nationals have not announced where he’ll be assigned for the remainder of 2018.