When the Los Angeles Dodgers they got the veteran pitcher Danny duffy at the trade deadline, they knew sometime in September would be the earliest they would see the southpaw take the mound in a major league game.
Last Friday, Duffy was scheduled to launch a “big” bullpen session, one that would determine their availability for the rest of the season. Unfortunately for Duffy and the Dodgers, the veteran left-hander experienced pain in his left elbow during that bullpen session at Dodger Stadium:
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Duffy was able to start the bullpen session, but closed it before reaching his throwing limit. He is unsure of the severity of the injury, but his season appears to be over.
Acquiring Duffy from the Royals came at no great cost to the Dodgers, as they are slated to send a player who will later be named to Kansas City based on Duffy’s performance in Los Angeles.
But losing Duffy gives the Dodgers one less veteran option on their postseason roster. The Dodgers’ plan was to have Duffy as a “two-inning monster” out of the bullpen, almost similar to what Julio Urías did last postseason.
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Now, the future is uncertain for Duffy, who is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He was having a solid season, posting a 2.51 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) this season with the Royals.