Duffy feels good after 65-pitch sim game

August 20th, 2019

BALTIMORE -- threw a four-inning simulated game before Tuesday’s contest against the Orioles at Camden Yards, and the left-hander said he felt fine afterward. Royals manager Ned Yost said the team will see how Duffy and his strained left hamstring are doing on Wednesday.

Yost said Duffy threw 65 pitches in the second simulated outing for the veteran lefty -- the other was for two innings and came on Friday in Kansas City.

“We’ll evaluate him tomorrow,” Yost said. “The options are for him to throw another sim game or just go ahead and activate him.”

Duffy said he felt fine and just needed to adjust some things towards the end of this effort. He also felt encouraged by how both his arm and hamstring felt.

But Duffy also said he hasn’t pushed himself all the way yet and is trying to be careful.

“I haven’t sprinted; I haven’t really gotten after it,” Duffy said. “I don’t want to re-aggravate it. I don’t want to put anything else in question. I’m doing everything I have to do to get back.”

Duffy said he jogged for the first time on Monday and hopes to be at 100 percent before he really pushes the hamstring once more.

In the end, Duffy knows he needs to be very sure he’s ready to appear in a big league game.

“I’m trying really hard to be patient,” Duffy said. “That’s a big task for me. But also in the same breath, I’m at the point in my career where you don’t want to be overanxious. I’m doing my best to stay even-keeled and just do what I’m told. To this point, I’ve aced that test, pretty much.”

Worth noting
• Yost moved Jorge Soler up into the No. 2 spot in the batting order. Soler often bats in the middle of the order, usually fourth, but Yost said teams are pitching around him more, and this should give Soler more protection. This is the first time all season Soler has batted second.

• Adalberto Mondesi is scheduled to start his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha in New Orleans on Tuesday. He’s been sidelined since July 17 with a left shoulder subluxation.

The Braves claimed outfielder Billy Hamilton off waivers Monday. The Royals designated him for assignment on Friday. Hamilton started in just nine of Kansas City's previous 35 games.