Danny Duffy is one start closer to returning to the Royals’ rotation.
In his second rehab appearance for Class AAA Omaha, Duffy allowed a run on four hits in 4 1/3 innings against Colorado Springs, Colo., on Thursday night. He struck out five while issuing one walk. He increased his pitch count to 66 pitches.
Duffy, who allowed one run in the first inning before settling in, is slated to make at least one more rehab start for the Storm Chasers. For now, he is scheduled to pitch five innings or 80 pitches on Tuesday.
The Royals have not announced when he will return to the major-league rotation. But the schedule would allow him to return on regular rest Sunday when the Royals finish the first half of the season against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.