Duffy (heel) is performing limited baseball activities but doesn't have a timetable for a return to game action, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The shortstop is starting to run out of time to log some games at the major-league level in 2017, as he's still unable to return to the minor-league rehab assignment he had to abandon back in mid-May. Duffy underwent a procedure on June 23 that removed a calcium deposit from his surgically repaired heel, and while that appeared to relieve a great deal of his discomfort, he's apparently not yet comfortable enough to test himself in game conditions.
It would be a momentous development for the oft-injured infielder, whose recovery has been a series of fits and starts. Duffy underwent a procedure on June 23 that removed a calcium deposit from his injured heel and was expected to potentially eliminate the persistent discomfort he'd been experiencing; given the latest development, it appears that the surgery may have been pivotal to getting Duffy's rehab back on the right track.
Manager Kevin Cash said Duffy underwent an operation to remove a calcium deposit from his injured heel this week, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Trainers believe this is what was causing Duffy's lingering heel pain, though only time will tell as to the effectiveness of the procedure. The veteran infielder was moved to the 60-day DL earlier this month, an indication he may not be back until after the All-Star break at the earliest. Taylor Featherston will continue seeing playing time in his absence.
Duffy (heel) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Friday.
Moving Duffy to the 60-day DL provides the Rays with another spot on the 40-man roster, which will be used to accommodate recently acquired Taylor Featherston. Duffy's heel injury has continued to linger even after beginning fielding drills and batting practice, as the 26-year-old has been unable to progress to a rehab assignment in the past few weeks. With the addition of Featherston, signs point toward Duffy needing more time to recover from his heel injury that required surgery last September.
Manager Kevin Cash said that there's "definite concern" about Duffy's heel, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Per Cash, Duffy's heel continues to bother him despite taking numerous measures to ease his way through the rehab process. The embattled infielder underwent surgery back in September of last season, and despite rumors of him being available at the beginning of spring training even, he's been unable to get back into game action of any capacity since the operation. Duffy has progressed to running, fielding and taking batting practice, although it seems like problems are still arising that are keeping him from heading out on a rehab assignment. More information on the topic should come forth once he makes progress again, but things are looking somewhat bleak at the moment for Duffy.
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