The latest news coming out of Kansas City involves an injury to Danny Duffy’s pitching elbow. According to the Royals official Twitter account, team physician Dr. Key diagnosed Duffy with a torn left ulnar collateral ligament. (Duffy will seek a second opinion.) If the diagnosis holds, this means that Duffy will require Tommy John surgery and miss the remainder of the 2012 season, as well as a portion of the start of 2013.
Key Injuries Piling Up
This injury adds to the list of players missing for a team that was supposed to have a shot at competing this year in the division. Now granted, the other American League Central teams are off to shaky starts, and Kansas City only sits 4.5 games back of first-place Cleveland. Nonetheless, the Royals have to find ways to win without some key contributors.
First, it was Salvador Perez to go down with a left knee injury in Spring Training (Perez should return in July). Then, Joakim Soria was forced to miss 2012 due to his second Tommy John surgery. And now Duffy, who will hopefully have a successful journey back to the rotation after his setback. But for a team needing signs of progress, especially in the pitching department, this sure is a tough one to swallow. Nowadays, pitchers are more likely to come back from the surgery then they ever have in the past, but how effective will Duffy be once he returns?
With the injury, the Royals have announced Vin Mazzaro will pitch in the second game of the series Tuesday at Texas. Bruce Chen takes the mound tonight against the Rangers in the first game of a brief two game set.