Duffy reported that his surgically repaired left heel felt good after his first batting practice session of the spring, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Duffy had tracked pitches in Monday's workout, and as expected, was a full participant in Tuesday's batting practice session. The Rays' shortstop's workload will continue to be carefully managed, but progressively ramped up as the spring unfolds.
Duffy (heel), who is being brought along slowly after September surgery, tracked pitches Monday and may participate in his first batting practice session Tuesday, Marc Topkin of Tampa Bay Times reports.
Manager Kevin Cash has already declared that he may hold Duffy out of early spring training games, and the recovering shortstop is also being brought along slowly in workouts. Batting practice would represent another notable step in Duffy's progress towards being fully prepared for the rigors of manning shortstop on an everyday basis in the coming season.
Duffy (heel) could be held out of early spring training games according to manager Kevin Cash, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 26-year-old shortstop will be a pivotal piece of the Rays infield in the coming season, so the team may unsurprisingly tread carefully with him early on. Duffy appeared in 21 games for Tampa last season after coming over at the trade deadline from San Francisco, slashing .258/.310/.357 with 14 doubles, two triples, five homers and 28 RBI over a combined 366 plate appearances.
Duffy is currently buoyed by the fact that he received a positive report from his most recent doctor's visit, which came last week. The 26-year-old shortstop is encouraged by the progress of his recovery, and believes the surgery has effectively rid him of heel discomfort that dated back approximately a decade to his days playing high school ball. Duffy is penciled in as the Rays' everyday shortstop in 2017 and will utilize spring training to acclimate his foot to the different movements he'll regularly engage in on the diamond.
This is a very good sign, as it seems to confirm reports from December that the infielder was running ahead of schedule in his rehab process from surgery in September. As long as everything goes as planned during Grapefruit League action, Duffy should act primarily as Tampa Bay's starting shortstop during the 2017 campaign.
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