The 2021 Dodgers’ trade failure is likely to return in June next year
Danny Duffy, who was unable to take the mound due to injury after being traded to the LA Dodgers last season, is scheduled to return in the middle of the 2022 season.
“The Athletic” said on the 9th (Korea Standard Time), “Duffy, who couldn’t play for the Dodgers due to elbow pain, avoided the second Tommy John surgery, and instead demanded surgery to fix the bent tendon of his left arm.” Duffy had already undergone Tommy John surgery in 2012 and returned in the second half of 2013.
However, he wants to return next season, so he seems to have chosen surgery with a short rehabilitation period instead. He aims to return to the big leagues in June and expects to return to the starting rotation after pitching for a while in the bullpen.
Duffy has been on the injured list since July. However, even though the Dodgers knew this, they brought him to the trade to reinforce pitcher depth. It is expected to return around September and be the power of rotation.
However, Duffy’s pain recurred during rehabilitation pitching, and eventually finished the season as it was. At the end of the season, Duffy, who becomes a free agent, left the Dodgers.
Duffy played in the Kansas City Royals uniform for 11 years. He recorded 68 wins, 68 losses, and 3.95 1,048 strikeouts in 1,172.1 innings in 234 games (204 starts). He was a member of the 2015 World Series, and in 2016, he had the best year with 12 wins and ERA 3.51.
However, the continued injuries hampered him. Last season, he played only 13 games and had only 4 wins, 3 losses and ERA 2.51.
Local media reported that Duffy is likely to receive a cheap two-year contract, just like Kirby Yates’ two-year contract, which recently signed the Atlanta Braves. In addition, left-hander Duffy expected it to still be an attractive card in the FA market, where there are few starting pitchers left.