February 14, 2014 6:01 PM

‘Reins’ are off Royals’ pitcher Danny Duffy, but will he make rotation?

Danny Duffy is 20 months removed from the shock of injury and the agony of inactivity, a prison caused by a torn ligament and subsequent Tommy John surgery. Now he is about six weeks away from the start of 2014, a critical campaign on his winding road of development, and “we’ve taken the reins off him,” Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland said. When pitchers and catchers conduct their first official workout on Saturday, Duffy will be among the candidates for the final spot in the rotation.

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