Things just seem to be getting worse for the Kansas City Royals. Starting pitcher Danny Duffy, who recently went on the disabled list, was arrested on Sunday for driving under the influence. Here’s what we know about the incident.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy was originally scheduled to start against Cleveland on Sunday afternoon. However, an elbow injury that had apparently been bothering him for weeks forced Duffy to the 10-day disabled list.
While the rest of his team was still in Cleveland, Duffy headed back to Kansas City early to undergo an MRI on his elbow on Saturday. The following day, the Royals lost by a 12-0 score in the game he was scheduled to start.
Things got worse for Duffy and the Kansas City Royals that evening.
According to the Kansas City Star, Duffy was cited for driving under the influence on Sunday night at a Burger King in Overland Park. The incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m.
Duffy still showed up for Monday’s game against the Rays—another 12-0 loss. However, he opted to spend Monday afternoon in the trainer’s room in lieu of speaking to reporters.
He is expected to release a statement Tuesday afternoon.
As reported by the Star, general manager Dayton Moore has already released a statement:
"“We are obviously disappointed in the news we have received regarding Danny Duffy’s DUI arrest on Sunday night,” Moore said. “Danny was not part of the team traveling back from Cleveland on Sunday because he had returned to Kansas City a day earlier to undergo an MRI examination.We are still in the early stages of gathering the details, but I do know that Danny has always been accountable as a member of this organization and we expect the same accountability from him as this process moves forward.We obviously do not condone anyone driving while under the influence, but this is now a legal matter and we will allow the process to unfold and cannot comment any further.”"
It remains to be seen what punishment, Duffy will receive in response to his arrest. According to the Star, MLB players cited for DUI are eligible to have punishment handed down by the league office or the player’s individual team, but not both.
The Star also reports Duffy is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Sept. 19.
Before heading to the DL, Duffy held an even 8-8 record over 21 starts. He has a 3.78 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. Duffy has 116 strikeouts to 36 walks over 132 innings.