Aug 18, 2013 12:26 AM by Bill Halter
Danny Duffy was called up by Kansas City to start the opening game of a doubleheader in Detroit on Friday. The Lompoc native earned the win against the AL Central leaders by pitching six shutout innings and only allowing one hit. The Royals beat the Tigers, 2-1.
Major League teams are allowed to have 25 players on their roster at a time except when they're playing a doubleheader, then 26 players are allowed. Duffy was brought in to be the 26th guy and so on Saturday he was sent back down to Triple "A" Omaha. Duffy is scheduled to start for the Storm Chasers on Wednesday.
Duffy has already pitched 64 minor league innings this season while recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery. The Cabrillo High School graduate is 3-2 with a 4.08 ERA in the minors this season, he's struck out 79 batters in 64 innings.
Duffy could be in line for a call-up before Wednesday's start to replace Wade Davis in the Kansas City starting rotation. Davis allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings on Saturday in a Royals loss and now has a 5.43 ERA for the season. More likely, the Royals will wait until rosters expand to 40 on September 1 and bring Duffy up as a starter or reliever.
Duffy made 20 starts for the Royals in 2011 and six starts last season before injuring his elbow. The 24 year old has a 5.05 lifetime ERA in the Major League's.
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