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Yost: Duffy won't work out of Royals' bullpen

Royals manager isn't setting a date for lefty's next start
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KANSAS CITY -- After another poor start from Royals left-hander Danny Duffy on Saturday night, manager Ned Yost said he had some ideas on how to help Duffy through his long stretch of struggles.

Yost wouldn't elaborate what those ideas were. But on Sunday morning from his office at Kauffman Stadium, Yost said Duffy would not be going to the bullpen and that Duffy would make his next start, though Yost didn't indicate when.

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KANSAS CITY -- After another poor start from Royals left-hander Danny Duffy on Saturday night, manager Ned Yost said he had some ideas on how to help Duffy through his long stretch of struggles.

Yost wouldn't elaborate what those ideas were. But on Sunday morning from his office at Kauffman Stadium, Yost said Duffy would not be going to the bullpen and that Duffy would make his next start, though Yost didn't indicate when.

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"That's not happening," Yost said emphatically of Duffy possibly moving to the bullpen. "He's a Major League starter."

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Duffy gave up five more runs over four innings on Saturday in an 8-3 loss to the Yankees. Duffy's ERA rose to 6.88, the worst among pitchers with at least seven starts in the Major Leagues.

Duffy has given up 63 hits over 51 innings this season and opponents are hitting .296 off him. He has just one quality start in 10 outings.

After Saturday's game, Duffy was understandably upset and voiced his frustration.

"Sometimes you're not special at something," Duffy said. "Right now, I'm not special at pitching. What are you going to do? Run from it with some phantom DL [garbage]? I'm not going on the DL. I feel great."

Yost said again on Sunday morning he had some ideas that could help Duffy.

"But I'm not going to share them with you," Yost said. "I don't want opposing teams to know."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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