Sports

KC’s Danny Duffy prepares to ‘push through’ elbow inflammation

Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy pitched a three-inning simulated game on the field at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy pitched a three-inning simulated game on the field at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday. The Kansas City Star

On the disabled list since late August, Royals starter Danny Duffy said Monday that the lingering discomfort in his left arm may need to be addressed in the offseason.

“It’s not ever going to go away until I take care of it,” Duffy said. “I just got to push through to the end of the season.”

Duffy was diagnosed with a “low grade pronator strain” in late August after pitching through discomfort for four to five starts. He has spent the last two weeks resting and rehabbing in an attempt to return this month.

In an interview Monday, he offered some insight into the injury. Something is causing inflammation near his elbow, he said. He remains confident that pitching through pain this month would not put his elbow, including the ulnar collateral ligament, in any danger.

“I have what I have,” he said. “It’s something that is inflaming something in there. So we’ll get it looked at when we need to. But until then, right now, I could go. Nothing in my elbow is going to compromise my ligament. You also have to go forward knowing that you could re-aggravate the original injury.”

The comments came Monday afternoon, minutes after Duffy concluded a three-inning simulated game on the field at Kauffman Stadium. He threw 46 pitches while facing a collection of hitters that included Raul Mondesi, Jorge Bonifacio and Drew Butera.

Duffy reported that his arm “felt really good”.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Duffy would not throw another simulated game before returning to the mound, which means he could be activated and start as soon as this weekend in Cleveland.

“He’ll be ready to go 60 or 65 (pitches),” Yost said. “We’re running out of time here.”

The Royals have toyed with the idea of using a six-man rotation when Duffy returns. The plan, Yost said, could offer extra rest to Duffy, Kennedy and Jason Vargas during the season’s final weeks. For Duffy, the additional day off between starts could help him manage the pain.

“Everybody has something going on,” Duffy said. “If I could tolerate the pain, I’m going to.”

2018 schedule sends Royals to NL Central — Pull out your calendars. The Royals will open the 2018 season at home against the Chicago White Sox on March 29, the club announced Tuesday as Major League Baseball unveiled the full schedule for next year.

The 2018 season is starting earlier than usual as the league institutes an additional four off days into the calendar. After opening the year against the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals will begin their road schedule with three-game series in Detroit and Cleveland.

The interleague slate will shift back to the National League Central. Kansas City will play 20 interleague games across eight series, including trips to St. Louis (May 21-23) Milwaukee (June 26-27), Pittsburgh (September 17-19) and Cincinnati (September 25-26). The Royals are making their fourth trips to Miller Park in Milwaukee, PNC Park in Pittsburgh and Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

2018 Royals schedule

Game dates subject to change. Times and TV channels to be announced. Home games at Kauffman Stadium in CAPS.

MARCH

THU 29 CHICAGO (AL)

FRI 30 OFF

SAT 31 CHICAGO (AL)

APRIL

SUN 1 CHICAGO (AL)

MON 2 at Detroit

TUE 3 at Detroit

WED 4 at Detroit

THU 5 OFF

FRI 6 at Cleveland

SAT 7 at Cleveland

SUN 8 at Cleveland

MON 9 SEATTLE

TUE 10 SEATTLE

WED 11 SEATTLE

THU 12 LOS ANGELES (AL)

FRI 13 LOS ANGELES (AL)

SAT 14 LOS ANGELES (AL)

SUN 15 LOS ANGELES (AL)

MON 16 at Toronto

TUE 17 at Toronto

WED 18 at Toronto

THU 19 OFF

FRI 20 at Detroit

SAT 21 at Detroit

SUN 22 at Detroit

MON 23 OFF

TUE 24 MILWAUKEE

WED 25 MILWAUKEE

THU 26 MILWAUKEE

FRI 27 CHICAGO (AL)

SAT 28 CHICAGO (AL)

SUN 29 CHICAGO (AL)

MON 30 at Boston

MAY

TUE 1 at Boston

WED 2 at Boston

THU 3 DETROIT

FRI 4 DETROIT

SAT 5 DETROIT

SUN 6 DETROIT

MON 7 OFF

TUE 8 at Baltimore

WED 9 at Baltimore

THU 10 at Baltimore

FRI 11 at Cleveland

SAT 12 at Cleveland

SUN 13 at Cleveland

MON 14 TAMPA BAY

TUE 15 TAMPA BAY

WED 16 TAMPA BAY

THU 17 OFF

FRI 18 NEW YORK (AL)

SAT 19 NEW YORK (AL)

SUN 20 NEW YORK (AL)

MON 21 at St. Louis

TUE 22 at St. Louis

WED 23 at St. Louis

THU 24 at Texas

FRI 25 at Texas

SAT 26 at Texas

SUN 27 at Texas

MON 28 MINNESOTA

TUE 29 MINNESOTA

WED 30 MINNESOTA

THU 31 OFF

JUNE

FRI 1 OAKLAND

SAT 2 OAKLAND

SUN 3 OAKLAND

MON 4 at Los Angeles (AL)

TUE 5 at Los Angeles (AL)

WED 6 at Los Angeles (AL)

THU 7 at Oakland

FRI 8 at Oakland

SAT 9 at Oakland

SUN 10 at Oakland

MON 11 OFF

TUE 12 CINCINNATI

WED 13 CINCINNATI

THU 14 OFF

FRI 15 HOUSTON

SAT 16 HOUSTON

SUN 17 HOUSTON

MON 18 TEXAS

TUE 19 TEXAS

WED 20 TEXAS

THU 21 OFF

FRI 22 at Houston

SAT 23 at Houston

SUN 24 at Houston

MON 25 OFF

TUE 26 at Milwaukee

WED 27 at Milwaukee

THU 28 OFF

FRI 29 at Seattle

SAT 30 at Seattle

JULY

SUN 1 at Seattle

MON 2 CLEVELAND

TUE 3 CLEVELAND

WED 4 CLEVELAND

THU 5 OFF

FRI 6 BOSTON

SAT 7 BOSTON

SUN 8 BOSTON

MON 9 at Minnesota

TUE 10 at Minnesota

WED 11 at Minnesota

THU 12 OFF

FRI 13 at Chicago (AL)

SAT 14 at Chicago (AL)

SUN 15 at Chicago (AL)

MON 16 ALL-STAR BREAK

TUE 17 ALL-STAR GAME

WED 18 ALL-STAR BREAK

THU 19 ALL-STAR BREAK

FRI 20 MINNESOTA

SAT 21 MINNESOTA

SUN 22 MINNESOTA

MON 23 DETROIT

TUE 24 DETROIT

WED 25 DETROIT

THU 26 at New York (AL)

FRI 27 at New York (AL)

SAT 28 at New York (AL)

SUN 29 at New York (AL)

MON 30 OFF

TUE 31 at Chicago (AL)

AUGUST

WED 1 at Chicago (AL)

THU 2 at Chicago (AL)

FRI 3 at Minnesota

SAT 4 at Minnesota

SUN 5 at Minnesota

MON 6 CHICAGO (NL)

TUE 7 CHICAGO (NL)

WED 8 CHICAGO (NL)

THU 9 OFF

FRI 10 ST. LOUIS

SAT 11 ST. LOUIS

SUN 12 ST. LOUIS

MON 13 TORONTO

TUE 14 TORONTO

WED 15 TORONTO

THU 16 TORONTO

FRI 17 at Chicago (AL)

SAT 18 at Chicago (AL)

SUN 19 at Chicago (AL)

MON 20 at Tampa Bay

TUE 21 at Tampa Bay

WED 22 at Tampa Bay

THU 23 at Tampa Bay

FRI 24 CLEVELAND

SAT 25 CLEVELAND

SUN 26 CLEVELAND

MON 27 OFF

TUE 28 DETROIT

WED 29 DETROIT

THU 30 OFF

FRI 31 BALTIMORE

SEPTEMBER

SAT 1 BALTIMORE

SUN 2 BALTIMORE

MON 3 at Cleveland

TUE 4 at Cleveland

WED 5 at Cleveland

THU 6 OFF

FRI 7 at Minnesota

SAT 8 at Minnesota

SUN 9 at Minnesota

MON 10 CHICAGO (AL)

TUE 11 CHICAGO (AL)

WED 12 CHICAGO (AL)

THU 13 MINNESOTA

FRI 14 MINNESOTA

SAT 15 MINNESOTA

SUN 16 MINNESOTA

MON 17 at Pittsburgh

TUE 18 at Pittsburgh

WED 19 at Pittsburgh

THU 20 at Detroit

FRI 21 at Detroit

SAT 22 at Detroit

SUN 23 at Detroit

MON 24 OFF

TUE 25 at Cincinnati

WED 26 at Cincinnati

THU 27 CLEVELAND

FRI 28 CLEVELAND

SAT 29 CLEVELAND

SUN 30 CLEVELAND

  Comments