One pitch into his 23rd big-league start this season, Danny Duffy was removed from Saturday’s start after one pitch due to soreness in his left shoulder.
Duffy, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his elbow in 2012, grimaced when he threw a 91-mph fastball to Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Salvador Perez immediately called for help from the bench. Mike Moustakas also jogged out to the mound. After a brief conference with manager Ned Yost and trainer Nick Kenney, Duffy left the game.
After the game, the Royals said Duffy will return to Kansas City for an MRI.
Liam Hendriks replaced Duffy on the mound. Duffy has been one of the team’s most valuable contributors in 2014. After starting the season in Class AAA, Duffy aided the club’s bullpen in April before moving into the starting rotation. He has a 2.44 ERA in 133 innings as a starter.
The Royals had not placed a strict innings cap on Duffy this season. They intended to monitor his progression through September.