His performance when on the field was solid, but Danny Duffy's 2017 season was marred by injuries and a DUI arrest. The lefty missed more than a month in the middle of the campaign with an oblique issue and later battled elbow inflammation. Surgery was ultimately deemed necessary to remove loose bodies from the elbow, but Duffy was expected to have a normal offseason. Duffy's strikeout rate fell from 25.7 percent to 21.4 percent last year, coinciding with a two-mph drop in average fastball velocity, but nevertheless he shaved nearly 40 points off his FIP thanks to sharp control and a reduction in home-run rate. He continues to post dramatic platoon splits, with righties beating up on him (.329 wOBA last season) while lefties flounder (.199 wOBA), and at this point it seems he may never figure out right-handers, but there is some hope that Duffy's velocity and K-rate will rebound with better health in 2018.
Duffy said his elbow "feels great, really great," Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. "Honestly, I had forgotten what it felt like to throw without any pain or discomfort," the pitcher added. This is obviously encouraging to hear from Duffy, who underwent a minor procedure to remove loose bodies from his elbow in early October. The 29-year-old was always expected to be ready by the start of spring training, and that remains the case; Duffy said he's been in a throwing program for multiple weeks and is currently throwing long toss out to 100 feet. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in early January and was placed on one year's probation, though there has been no indication that he will face disciplinary action from the Royals or Major League Baseball at this point.
Duffy (elbow) pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Overland Park, Kan. last week and has been placed on one year's probation, KCTV News reports. Duffy was charged with DUI in late August after police stopped him on his way back from an elbow exam. The lefty did not face any immediate disciplinary action, and there has been no indication that he will from the Royals or Major League Baseball. There is no unified, league-wide disciplinary code for these matters. A spokesman for the team said Tuesday that the plea is a matter between Duffy, his representatives and the city. Duffy is expected to be ready for spring training after undergoing surgery to remove loose bodies from his elbow in early October.
Duffy underwent surgery to remove loose bodies from his left elbow, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. The procedure was a minor one, and Duffy is expected to pick up his normal offseason routine in around six weeks. The 28-year-old should be ready to go for the start of spring training. He finished 2017 with a 3.81 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 130 strikeouts in 146.1 innings.
Duffy will have a procedure to remove loose bodies from the back of his elbow on Tuesday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. The loose bodies caused elbow inflammation in the second half of the season, although his results were actually a tad better in the second half, so it was hard to tell that he was pitching hurt. A handful of pitchers typically undergo a similar procedure every offseason, and Duffy should be ready for spring training. He finished 2017 with a 3.81 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 130 strikeouts in 146.1 innings.
Duffy gave up four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four over 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Tigers on Thursday. While this was a disappointing end for Duffy, at least his health is intact heading into the offseason -- he missed time with oblique and elbow injuries earlier this year. Duffy's performance when on the field was solid; in fact, his FIP was lower this year than it was in 2016. At a depressed cost, Duffy could end up being a bargain next spring.