Jun 11, 2013 12:35 AM by Andrew Masuda
Lompoc native Danny Duffy's first rehab start for at the Triple-A level since he underwent Tommy John surgery nearly one year ago did not go as planned on Monday night.
The 24 year old left-handed pitcher started for the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple-A team of the Kansas City Royals, in Nashville. He allowed 3 runs in the first inning and was tagged for four more before he was removed in the third inning. All told, the Cabrillo High graduate allowed 7 runs in 2 1/3 innings. He walked two, hit one batter and did not strike anybody out. He left the game with his team leading 8-7 and the Storm Chasers went on to win 10-7.
Prior to the start, Duffy declared his elbow completely healthy for the first time in years. "I was feeling this for four years and I didn't realize it because I had bone spurs. Now it's being 100 percent healthy, you don't really realize what you have and I appreciate it. I haven't felt this good since high school. I haven't felt any pain. So it's all working out how it's supposed to be and I'm ecstatic," said Duffy.
The third round draft pick said he needed to continue to refine his pitches and build more stamina before his rehab assignment is due to end at the end of the month.
Previously, Duffy made three starts for the Royals' Double-A team, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. He went 0-2 with 15 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings and a 4.22 ERA.
Duffy underwent Tommy John surgery to reconstruct his left elbow last June. He has made 26 starts in the big leagues for the Royals and owns a 6-10 record with a 5.28 ERA.
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