There were plenty of scars on display at FanFest on Saturday.
By PETE GRATHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Royals second baseman Chris Getz showed off a beauty on his left thumb, which he broke in August. Pitcher Danny Duffy displayed a nasty one on his left elbow, the result of Tommy John surgery.
The good news is both players say they are feeling fine.
“On the surface, it doesn’t look good, but it’s a good scar,” Getz said. “It feels really good. It hasn’t hindered my offseason workouts at all. There have been no issues. I’m not even thinking about it.”
Getz batted .275 with 10 doubles and 17 RBIs in 64 games last season.
Duffy was 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA in six starts last year before having surgery on June 13.
“There are no aches, no soreness,” Duffy said. “It feels better than it has since I’ve been in the pros, since I graduated high school, to be honest with you.”
Duffy said his best-case scenario is to return to the Royals by June, although he is aiming to be back sooner.
Duffy quits Twitter
Perhaps the most prolific Twitter user on the Royals roster was Duffy, but he said he quit that social media forum.
“It sucks because at the end of the day, there are a lot of fans out there who are great on Twitter and they love to hear from you, but those people in their basements ruin it for those people,” Duffy said. “It is what it is.”
Hochevar looking ahead
Pitcher Luke Hochevar said he was glad to avoid salary arbitration. On Friday, Hochevar agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.56 million with the Royals.
“We knew we were going to come to an agreement, but it’s just good to put that behind you,” Hochevar said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity and looking forward to doing some good things in (20)13.”
Hochevar said he’s also motivated to improve after struggling last season when he was 8-16 with a 5.73 ERA.