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Friday, October 31, 2014

Royals Injury Update: Danny Duffy was limited by stress reaction in ribcage

By on 10/31/2014 05:00:00 PM

The mystery of Danny Duffy's surprisingly infrequent use during the postseason has finally been solved, with manager Ned Yost revealing that the left-hander was indeed carrying an injury. While there had been some speculation that Duffy's shoulder continued to bother him, Yost told the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough that the 25-year-old actually suffered a stress reaction to his ribcage during his final regular season start:
That start came on September 27th. Yost also told McCullough that he had wanted to start Duffy in Game 1 of the ALDS, but was told by medical staff that the lefty could only pitch two innings at a time. It left Kansas City having to count on Jeremy Guthrie and Jason Vargas as their third and fourth starters after Yordano Ventura and James Shields.

Duffy ultimately threw just 4 2/3 innings during Kansas City's thrilling postseason run, one of those in the ALDS and the rest in the World Series, including a three-inning outing in Game 1. He did manage to strike out five but also walked four and gave up two earned runs.  It was not the end Duffy would have wanted to a season in which he finally lived up to his promise after struggling in his first three major league seasons. Duffy posted a 2.53 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in almost 150 innings to help the Royals to their first postseason appearance in 29 years.

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