About 8 months out of flexor tendon surgery, Dodgers pitcher Danny Duffy, looks hopeful to make a return to the mound this 2022 season.
The Socal native was acquired last year after spending the past 11 years with the Kansas City Royals since his MLB debut in 2011. He has yet to wear a Dodgers uniform after undergoing surgery this past fall.
The 33 year old joined Dodgers hurler Dustin May at Camelback Ranch but has only progressed to throwing bullpen sessions with hopes to move into the next phase which would be to throw live batting sessions.
Although he isn’t looking at making a full return as a starting pitcher this soon, the Dodgers’ Brandon Gomes said Duffy could transition into a “real impact reliever,” for the Dodgers especially in the post season (quote via Bill Plunkett).
“That’s the hope, Whether that’s August, September – our expectation is he’ll be pitching for us this season. “Just trying to make sure we do it right with an eye toward October.”
Over his 11 seasons in the major leagues, Duffy has posted an average 3.95 ERA, with 204 game starts, 1048 strikeouts, across 4,984 batters faced in his career. He has an even 68-68 record and was looking forward to a fresh beginning with the Dodgers.
Hopefully his warm welcome to the mound will be sooner than expected as long as the recovery process continues to progress well.