As the Royals grabbed their third victory in a row on Wednesday, Danny Duffy completed the first leg of his minor-league rehabilitation assignment. He threw 49 pitches across four innings for Class AAA Omaha. He struck out four members of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox while giving up a run on two hits and a walk.
“That’s very, very encouraging,” manager Ned Yost said.
Duffy likely will make at least one more start for the Storm Chasers. He probably will make two. The team has 30 days to let Duffy sharpen his game after a rough stretch in May. When he returns, Yost has said, he will work out of the starting rotation.
That leaves the club with six starters. Yost does not want to use a six-man rotation. Asked about the tough decisions he must make in the coming days, Yost turned cryptic.
“We’ve got a pretty good plan, I think, going forward,” Yost said.
Which led to a follow-up: What is the plan?
Yost looked away and grinned.
No, a reporter insisted, seriously.
“No, I’m seriously not going to answer that,” Yost said. He added, “I do have a plan. But I’m not going to tell you the plan.”
When will the time be right to hear about it?
“It’ll be awhile,” Yost said.
The Royals may have to get creative. The only starting pitchers on the staff with options are Duffy and Yordano Ventura. The team could return Chris Young to the bullpen, but Young has been outstanding as a starter. In time, Yost’s plan will be revealed.
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