Aug 6, 2013 7:41 PM by Andrew Masuda
Lompoc native Danny Duffy is headed back to the Major Leagues. The Kansas City Royals plan to recall the left-handed pitcher to make his first big league start of the season on Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins in Kansas City.
The 24 year old underwent Tommy John surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left elbow in June 2012. Duffy's remained in the minor leagues this summer after he completed his rehabilitation stint. In his 14 games in the minors, Duffy is 3-2 with a 4.14 ERA, 77 strikeouts, 27 walks, and 59 hits allowed over 63 innings pitched.
In his last six starts, Duffy has allowed just 6 runs with 33 strikeouts over 32 innings pitched. He's gone 3-0 during that stretch. Last week in his most recent start in Tacoma, Duffy struck out 9 over 5 innings, while giving up just 5 hits and 1 run.
Duffy was injured on May 13, 2012 in his sixth start of last season for the Royals. He was 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings. The Cabrillo High graduate has made 26 big league starts and owns a 6-10 record with a 5.28 ERA. He has racked up 115 career strikeouts in 133 innings.
Duffy will start in place of Wade Davis, who's step-brother passed away last Saturday in Florida. Davis is on family emergency leave from the team. There's a chance Duffy could make just 1 start in this big league stint, but he doesn't mind at all."Even if it's for one day, I'm really stoked," Duffy said on Tuesday in the Royals' clubhouse. "I have no idea what the plan is, but I'm going to go out there and pitch tomorrow, get the ball and do what I do best."
Duffy says he's learned just how fortunate he is over the last year. "It took getting back here and the road I had to take to get back here to realize how great we all have it," Duffy said. "I don't mean to sound super-sentimental, but it's true. You take a lot for granted in life and I'm just excited to do my best to make a positive impact."
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