Think all the way back to the time the Dodgers traded for Max Scherzer and Trea Turner. That transaction was undoubtedly the headliner of the deadline. But just before that move, Andrew Friedman pulled off another vintage Andrew Friedman move acquiring left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy for a player to be named later.
He was injured at the time of the trade so the deal was with the hope that the hurler could make a September return. Unfortunately, it never turned out that way.
While ramping for a return from the injured list, Duffy re-injured himself in a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium and that was all she wrote for his 2021 season. The prognosis at the time seemed bleak. It appeared like the lefty could be heading toward the second Tommy John surgery of his career. Or retirement.
On Wednesday, Andy McCullough of The Athletic reported a more positive outlook for the 32-year-old. Tommy John was off the table and instead he underwent an operation to repair a damaged elbow flexor tendon.
“I’m pumped,” Duffy told McCullough. “I was going to take it to the house. But I got the itch. I’ve got more in the tank, for sure.”
Duffy will continue his surgery rehab and hopes to start a throwing program sometime in March, aiming for a June return to the big leagues. With what team, however, is a mystery. He’s currently a free agent and no longer a Dodger. With the expected return of left-handed reliever Caleb Ferguson and several other left options still in the bullpen, chances aren’t high that he returns to LA.