Danny Duffy is almost assuredly done for the season. Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Duffy Will Likely Require Tommy John Surgery

When Danny Duffy was scratched in the first inning of his start this past Sunday, after 13 pitches and for the second time in four starts, alarm bells immediately began ringing for the Royals faithful.

And those alarms bells proved to be warranted today, as Duffy now appears to be heading for Tommy John surgery per an afternoon tweet from the Royals official Twitter account.

Obviously, there isn’t much more to say here that isn’t part of an extended and expletive-laden tirade. Royals fans everywhere just had their worst fears realized, just saw the club’s most (arguably only) promising pitcher likely sidelined for over a year. And while we’re on the subject of heavy realizations, the following question needs to be considered: Will Duffy ever be the electrifying, high 90′s pumping wunderkind he was this season ever again?

I’m not ready to answer that (quite depressing) question yet, and truthfully am barely ready to comprehend the loss of Duffy on this 2012 Royals team. With fellow lefty Jonathan Sanchez also currently on the DL, the already struggling rotation is sure to be a glaring weakness for the remainder of the season. Unless, of course, you have the utmost faith in injury replacements Vin Mazzaro, Luis Mendoza, and Nate Adcock.


Is there any better way to start a road trip against Josh Hamilton and the white-hot Texas Rangers?

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  • ArrowFan

    It is starting to remind me of the Chiefs 2011 season.

  • ArrowFan

    Who is pitching tonight?  I’m happy to have my boom out and ready but I fear that we are going to get ran over tonight.

  • michael.allen.engel

     @ArrowFan We get Vin Mazzaro tonight! Yayyy. 
    He’s pitched fairly okay in Omaha at least. Hopefully he doesn’t have another Cleveland meltdown. 

  • the5allens

    at least, in this day and age, Tommy John is pretty mild in terms of arm surgery for a pitcher.  I live in VA, and follow the Nationals also.  Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann have both had the TJ, and are back in peak form following the year recovery.
    besides, i will take a “post-TJ Surgery Duffy” over anybody else in this rotation, or on the fringe of this rotation

  • pthomp21

    I’m happy to eat crow when I am wrong, and after Mazzaro’s win tonight, I couldn’t help but re-read my final line from this post.
    “Is there any better way to start a road trip against Josh Hamilton and the white-hot Texas Rangers?”
    The thinly veiled snark within that line deserve admonishment. Nice job by the Royals making the Rangers look like chumps.

  • ArrowFan

    I’m sorry but ESPN just makes me sick.  I’m watching their highlights of last nights game this morning and instead of showing how a rookie pitcher came into Texas and deflated the biggest bats currently in the game and showing the actual highlights of the Royals beating the Rangers.  All they keep showing was Hamilton and talking about his twitter following.  It just makes me sick even when the Royals are playing well and beating the best teams in the Al the BS ESPN refuses to give them anything.  What would have been the story if a Yankee or Boston rookie had done the same?

  • michael.allen.engel

     @ArrowFan He’d be anointed as baseball’s Jeremy Lin. 
    Mazzaro’s not really a rookie, but yeah, your point definitely stands. Flyover country…

  • michael.allen.engel

     @the5allens This is true. Labrum issues would be a lot worse and a lot more difficult to make a full recovery. At least with TJS, there are enough programs to rebuild the arm strength and many pitchers come back just as good and sometimes with a touch more zip.