Danny Duffy to undergo elbow surgery

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Royals’ left-hander Danny Duffy will undergo elbow surgery on Tuesday, per Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. It’s expected to be a relatively minor procedure to remove loose bodies in his elbow and should allow Duffy to make a full recovery before spring training in 2018.

Duffy completed his seventh campaign with the Royals on Thursday, earning his 10th loss of the season with 4 1/3 innings of six-hit, four-run ball against the Tigers. The 28-year-old lefty spent close to two months on the disabled list with various injuries, including a left oblique strain and flexor-pronator strain in his elbow. He never fully recovered from the bout of inflammation in his left elbow and finalized his season stat line with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings.

The good news: Duffy should be on track to re-enter the Royals’ rotation in 2018, barring any unforeseen setbacks. Hopefully, it’ll be a turnaround for the southpaw after chronic injuries and multiple surgeries ate away at his playing time over the last seven years. He signed a five-year, $65 million extension with the club back in January and is slated to receive $14 million next season.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.