Duffy takes liner off hand, sustains contusion

July 13th, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- For the second time in the last five weeks, Royals starter had to leave a game after getting hit with a line drive in Friday night's 8-5 win over the Tigers. X-rays taken on Duffy's left hand were negative as he's been listed by the club as day to day with a contusion.

Duffy, holding onto a 2-1 lead against the Tigers on Friday night, was hit by a liner off the bat of Victor Reyes in the top of the third inning -- though the exit velocity was not excessive at 71 mph, according to Statcast.

Duffy stayed in the game, but he proceeded to give up a walk, an RBI single to Miguel Cabrera and an RBI double to Brandon Dixon before leaving the series opener. came in to relieve Duffy.

“My hand just went numb,” Duffy said. “I tried to grip my changeup and my slider in the back of my palm. Couldn’t do it. But I’ll get it back.”

On June 6, Duffy was hit in a line drive by Boston’s Eduardo Nunez, who was thrown out to end the second inning. But Duffy left that game after getting just one out in the third while giving up four runs.