While newly acquired Dodger Max Scherzer is scheduled to make his debut with the team on Wednesday against the Astros, Danny Duffy on the other hand will be sidelined for quite some time. It’s unfortunate that the team will not be able to immediately benefit from his addition, yet Duffy knows that it’s better to ensure he’s healthy and ready to go rather than rush back and reinsure himself.
Los Angeles doesn’t want to follow the same route the Padres took last year when they acquired Mike Clevinger at the deadline. Clevinger suffered an injury and the Friars desperately rushed him back only to have him reinsure himself and undergo Tommy John surgery. Granted that was during a shortened season in which the stakes were raised, but the message still stands.
Duffy was able to give some insight to how his rehab is going and when the team expects him to be ready to join the active roster.
“I feel like this last week I’ve turned a corner a little bit physically. I’ve been told anywhere late August to early September depending upon the role which I’m unaware of so far … Hopefully early September. That kind of sounds like across the board what the answer I got was.”
It’s unclear where the Dodgers plan to ultimately use Duffy. The rotation has been depleted over the past month or so, but the bullpen has been so unreliable at times this season. Duffy, a starter by trade, also has experience coming out of the bullpen and noted that he wouldn’t mind that kind of role if asked to do so.
“I honestly really enjoy the bullpen – the couple stints that I got with it in Kansas City. I’d be just fine with any role. Like I said, I really enjoy the pen. Really enjoy being put in those situations, important situations – being able to bounce back the next day or two days later and getting another go. Anything this team has for me, whatever my future holds, I’m just gonna do what they need done.”
Kenley Jansen has reverted back to his 2020 self which only weakens the bullpen even more. It can be argued that the only shutdown relievers in the pen right now are Blake Treinen and possibly Phil Bickford. The eventual activation of Corey Knebel would certainly kelp stabilize things, yet time will eventually tell where Duffy could best serve his new organization.