Manager Ned Yost confirmed that Duffy (shoulder) will not pitch again in 2018, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Duffy was forced to leave Tuesday's outing in the first inning after aggravating a pre-existing left shoulder injury. The left-hander dealt with shoulder tendinitis last month, which necessitated a short trip to the disabled list. Yost added that Duffy can't receive another anti-inflammatory shot after getting one a few weeks ago, so he will be shut down for the rest of the 2018 campaign. In his absence, Eric Skoglund or Glenn Sparkman may get an opportunity in the Royals' rotation.
Duffy (shoulder) said after Tuesday's game he believes he'll be shut down for the rest of the season, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Duffy exited Tuesday's game during the first inning after aggravating the left shoulder tendinitis that sent him to the disabled list in mid-August. The Royals have no need to risk pitching the 29-year-old during the final month of a lost season. Duffy would finish the season with a 4.88 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 141:70 K:BB over 155 innings. Ian Kennedy (oblique) is set to come off the disabled list this week and should slide into Duffy's spot in the starting rotation.
Duffy exited Tuesday's game against the Indians with left shoulder tightness, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Duffy spent some time on the disabled list in mid-August with left shoulder tendinitis, so this could be an aggravation of that issue. The severity this time around remains unclear, but the 29-year-old's next turn through the rotation Monday against the White Sox appears to be in jeopardy.
Duffy (8-11) picked up the win Wednesday against the Tigers, allowing one run on two hits and three walks across six innings. He struck out six. Duffy allowed both hits and the only run in the first inning before settling in and firing five scoreless and exiting with a 9-1 lead. He's now allowed just three runs over 11 innings (2.45 ERA) while striking out 13 in two starts since returning from a stay on the shelf with shoulder tendinitis. The southpaw will look to keep things rolling in his next start, which will come on the road against the Indians.
Duffy allowed two earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven across five innings Thursday against the Rays. He did not factor into the decision. Duffy made his first start since August 11 after dealing with shoulder tendinitis. He allowed both of his earned runs in the third inning, which came on four singles -- two didn't leave the infield. There are some concerns related to his performance however, as only 54 of his 96 pitches found the strike zone and he recorded eight flyball outs while retiring zero batters via the groundball. Duffy's ERA now sits at 4.85, though that mark is inflated by two starts he made immediately prior to hitting the disabled list in which he allowed 12 earned runs across 10.1 innings.