The Royals have placed left-handed starter and occasional ace Danny Duffy on the 10-Day disabled list with a left elbow impingement. It’s never a good sign when a pitcher has an injury to his throwing elbow and Danny Duffy’s long history of injuries, including a Tommy John surgery back in 2012 doesn’t make this development any more promising.
Today, we have placed LHP @duffkc41 on the 10-day DL with left elbow impingement/valgus extension overload. He can return on September 5— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) August 26, 2017
Taking Duffy’s place in the rotation with be left-handed starter Eric Skoglund who has spent the last week hanging out in the Royals’ major league bullpen. He made three starts for the Royals earlier this season including his impressive major league debut performance against the Detroit Tigers in which he pitched 6.1 shutout innings allowing only two hits and a walk while striking out five. The following starts were very poor, however, where he went a combined 3 1⁄3 innings and walked four. Skoglund was 4-5 with a 4.11 ERA in 19 starts for Omaha this season.
The Royals have recalled Bubba Starling and placed him on the 60-Day DL to make room on the 40-man roster for left-handed pitcher Onelki Garcia who had his contract purchased by the Royals. Garcia will be making his debut for the Royals, but first reached the big leagues in 2013 with the Dodgers where he pitched 1 1⁄3 innings across three relief appearances but walked four and allowed two runs. After suffering a shoulder injury the Cuban reliever missed all of the 2014 season and bounced around the minor leagues for a while before pitching effectively in the Mexican league, last season.
Garcia was signed as a free agent last off-season and started in AA Northwest Arkansas but was promoted to the Omaha bullpen after only two starts. He made 10 relief appearances there around a single spot start before joining the Omaha rotation full time in mid-June. He had been pitching very well there until his last two starts, where he gave up 14 runs to raise his season ERA from 3.94 to 5.04. He will likely serve the same role Skoglund had, as emergency long-relief in a blow out or extra innings. Garcia will be in uniform for the Royals tonight.
Update at 3:30 PM CT:
Ned said Duffy is getting an MRI in KC. Royals don't think it is serious and hoping to miss just one start. Been feeling it for 3-4 starts.— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) August 26, 2017