Duffy (back) has been doing some light swinging recently, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports.
Duffy has been on the 10-day injured list since May 25 due to a lower-back strain, but he hasn't yet started running or taking grounders. Although he's eligible to return from the injured list this week, it appears he could miss more than the minimum 10 days.
Duffy was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a lower-back strain, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Originally labeled back tightness, Duffy's condition appears to be more serious than the Cubs initially thought. Having hit .286 in his last 13 games. the 30-year-old has been a reliable option at a number of positions and will be sorely missed while his back heals.
Cubs manager David Ross said Duffy is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals due to "low back tightness," Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Ross seemed to suggest Duffy's injury is a day-to-day concern, so the 30-year-old could be available off the bench and may be ready to rejoin the lineup following Monday's team off day. Duffy has been an unsung hero for the Cubs this season, batting .278 with a home run and three stolen bases across 106 plate appearances.
Duffy is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nationals.
David Bote will step in at third base in place of Duffy, who has emerged as a regular at the position while Kris Bryant has taken on more work in the outfield over the past few weeks. Duffy had started in each of the Cubs' previous eight games, going 8-for-33 with a home run, a double, five RBI and five runs over that stretch.
Duffy went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and five RBI in Saturday's 9-8 extra-inning loss to the Tigers.
His first long ball of the season came off Alex Lange in the fifth inning, giving the Cubs a 7-6 lead -- the third of four leads on the day that would eventually slip through their fingers. Duffy continues to see consistent playing time in May, slashing .282/.310/.436 in 42 plate appearances on the month, but he'll need to keep hitting to avoid falling into a bench role now that the team's roster is mostly healthy.
Duffy is starting at third base and batting first in Sunday's game against the Pirates.
Duffy delivered a go-ahead single off the bench Saturday, and he'll be rewarded with a start and leadoff duties in the series finale. The 30-year-old has seen more regular playing time at third with Kris Bryant shifting to the outfield to cover for Ian Happ (ribs). Duffy is slashing .309/.418/.364 through 55 at-bats, so he's making a case for continued playing time even after Happ returns from the injured list.
Duffy is starting at third base and batting fifth in Sunday's game against the Reds.
Duffy will be making his second start of the weekend series, as the Cubs have been using Kris Bryant in the outfield more frequently with Joc Pederson (wrist) on the injured list. Pederson is traveling with the team but has yet to be activated, so Duffy should continue to have some short-term fantasy value with the elevated playing time. He's slashing .275/.408/.300 through 40 at-bats this season.
Duffy went 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBI in Wednesday's 16-4 win over the Mets.
Duffy was logging just his second start of the season and made the most out of the opportunity in the easy win. The 30-year-old is still behind the likes of David Bote and Eric Sogard in the pecking order at second base, and Kris Bryant has third locked down most days; therefore, Duffy will have to find ways to contribute with limited playing time.
Duffy was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday.
The 30-year-old landed on the COVID IL earlier in the week but will make a quick return to the team since he apparently didn't test positive for the virus. Duffy should return to a bench role now that he's back on the active roster.
Duffy was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday.
Duffy becomes the fourth Cub to land on the COVID-19 injured list in the last two days. His expected return date is unclear, as it's unknown whether he contracted the virus himself or was merely exposed to someone else who tested positive. Ildemaro Vargas' contract was selected in a corresponding move.
Duffy had his contract selected by the Cubs on Sunday and will be on the Opening Day roster, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
Duffy was a non-roster invitee to camp, but he impressed the coaching staff this spring. The 30-year-old gives the Cubs a veteran option who can play both corner infield positions. Ildemaro Vargas was designated for assignment to make room on the roster. Eric Sogard, who was also a non-roster invitee to camp, will join Duffy on the Chicago bench. Duffy likely won't play enough to be fantasy relevant, though that could change if there are any injuries to the regular starters.
Duffy went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Monday's Cactus League game against the Angels.
Duffy has been steady if not spectacular this spring, registering a .300 average and .650 OPS across 20 at-bats. The veteran infielder is on a minor-league deal and likely won't figure into the Opening Day mix for the Cubs, though he gives them a depth option for later in the season. Duffy last appeared in the majors in 2019 with the Rays, slashing .252/.343/.327 across 46 games.
Duffy joined the Cubs on a minor-league deal Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Duffy will make $1 million plus incentives if he cracks the big-league roster. The veteran infielder owns a respectable .282/.338/.380 career slash line, good for a technically above-average 101 wRC+. He's been good enough for at least a bench role for most of his career, though he couldn't crack the Yankees' active roster at any point last season and hit a modest .252/.343/.327 for the Rays in 2019.
Duffy is part of the Yankees' current taxi squad, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Duffy was signed by the Yankees in late June but did not make the team's Opening Day roster. He provides versatility and plenty of big-league experience, though he is ineligible to play unless the team first clears room for him on the active roster.
Duffy was reassigned to the Yankees' alternate training site Tuesday.
Duffy was in contention for a major-league roster spot with DJ LeMahieu's (illness) status in question, but Duffy will head to alternate camp as LeMahieu looks to be on track to return soon. The 29-year-old could be in consideration for a spot on the 30-man roster if injuries pile up in the infield this season.
Duffy is being considered for a roster spot with the Yankees for Opening Day, given D.J. LeMahieu's trip to the IL, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Duffy has some experience at second base (18 games) but has also shifted over to the infield with the Rays on many occasions. LeMahieu's status in returning from a positive COVID-19 test is uncertain, while the Yankees' other options at second base are Tyler Wade and Thairo Estrada.
Duffy signed with the Yankees on Sunday and was added to the team's 60-man player pool.
Duffy logged 169 plate appearances with Tampa Bay last season, slashing .252/.343/.327 with a home run and 12 RBI. The utilityman should compete for a spot on the team's 30-man roster to open the 2020 campaign.
Duffy could benefit by the uncertainty in the battle for the Rangers' starting job at first base, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Duffy has mostly played third base during his career, but the first-base battle between Ronald Guzman and Greg Bird has the Rangers thinking about alternate plans. Neither player has grabbed hold of the job, which has manager Chris Woodward thinking about moving third baseman Todd Frazier to first base, opening up an opportunity for Duffy or Isiah Kiner-Falefa at the hot corner. The question is whether Duffy can provide offense worthy of a corner infielder.
Duffy agreed Thursday with the Rangers on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to big-league spring training, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The deal is worth $1 million if Duffy is added to the Rangers' MLB roster and contains up to $1.5 million in additional incentives.
Duffy has been just about a league-average hitter (.282/.338/.380 career slash line, 101 wRC+) over parts of five seasons in the majors, but extended absences due to injuries in each of the past three years have sent his career on a downward trajectory. The 28-year-old will at least enter spring training at full health, though that alone won't be enough to guarantee him a spot on the Rangers' Opening Day roster. Even if he fares well in Cactus League action, Duffy will likely need youngsters Nick Solak and Isiah Kiner-Falefa to struggle in order to claim a reserve infield job.
Duffy was released by the Rays on Friday.
Duffy was booted from the 40-man roster Wednesday, and after passing through waivers he's become a free agent. He spent 46 games with the Rays in 2019, hitting .252 with a home run and 12 RBI over that stretch.
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|05/22||@ STL||L 1-2||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|05/19||vs WAS||L 3-4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/18||vs WAS||W 6-3||3||1||1||0||0||1||0|
|05/17||vs WAS||W 7-3||4||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|05/16||@ DET||W 5-1||3||2||1||0||0||0||0|
|05/15||@ DET||L 8-9||5||1||3||1||5||0||0|
|05/14||@ DET||W 4-2||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|2013||AFA-San Jose Giants||26||106||17||31||6||1||5||14||7||16||3||1||.292||.342||.509|
|2014||AA-Richmond Flying Squi||97||367||53||122||24||4||3||62||42||66||20||4||.332||.398||.444|
|2017||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||3||8||0||2||0||0||0||0||--||1||0||0||.250||.250||.250|
|2018||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||1||3||0||2||0||0||0||1||--||--||0||0||.667||.667||.667|
|2019||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||7||16||4||4||0||1||1||1||5||1||0||0||.250||.478||.562|