Kansas City Royals' left-hander Danny Duffy will go on the 10-Day disabled list with a grade one plus oblique strain, according to Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star.
Both Dodd and Flanagan tweeted that Duffy is expected to miss at least six to eight weeks. Duffy suffered the injury tumbling to the ground while covering the first base bag Sunday. The Goleta, California native lasted just four innings and gave up six runs (all earned) on nine hits against the Cleveland Indians.
In the clubhouse, Duffy spoke to the Kansas City Star about the injury.
Duffy, 28, leads the Royals in innings pitched (72.1) and is tied with eight other American League starters for the most games started in the junior circuit (11). Field manager Ned Yost's team can ill afford to lose the southpaw for an extended period of time.
The Royals (21-28) entered Monday last in the American League Central, but just 6.5 games back of the surprising Minnesota Twins. The division is bunched, with the Twins and Indians six and three games over .500 respectively. The Whitesox and Tigers started Memorial Day three games and four games under the.500 mark respectively.
In addition, a peek at the current AL wild-card standings finds the Royals just five games back of the Boston Red Sox. If the season ended today, Boston and the Baltimore Orioles would face off in a one-game playoff at Fenway Park.
Kansas City is still in the race because of pitching. The offense has scored the fewest runs in baseball (165), but Royals starters own the ninth-best starters ERA in the majors (4.04). With runs hard to come by, the 2015 World Series Champions can ill afford to lose any of their starters, especially Duffy.
The Royals have not confirmed Duffy's placement on the DL but announced on Twitter that left-hander Eric Skoglund will make his major league debut Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers at 7:15 p.m. CST.