Kansas City Royals

Royals’ starter Danny Duffy leaves one inning after being hit by this line drive

The Royals got a major scare during their game Thursday against the Boston Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium.

With two outs in the top of the second inning, Red Sox second baseman Eduardo Nuñez hit a line drive up the middle and the ball ricocheted off the right knee of left-hander Danny Duffy.

Duffy went down after the ball, which came off Nuñez’s bat at 109.6 mph, hit his leg and caromed to first baseman Ryan O’Hearn, who recorded the out at first base to end the half-inning.

Royals trainer Nick Kenney attended to Duffy, who limped off the field.

Duffy returned at the start of the third inning, but he hit a batter, gave up a home run and allowed a single before striking out Xander Bogaerts. After J.D. Martinez doubled and Rafael Devers’ two-run single, Duffy was pulled in favor of Brian Flynn.

Although Duffy said his knee was fine, he described his control as “brutal” in the third inning.

“I made a couple pitches down the zone that just missed. Like I said, if I go back out there, it’s because I can,” Duffy said. “If I can, there’s no excuses. It squared me up, but I had 95 in the tank today and I felt great. So, it’s a bummer it went down the way it did.”

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Duffy doesn’t expect he’ll miss his next start for the Royals, who lost 7-5.