Those anticipating the debut of left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy in a Dodgers uniform will have to continue exercising patience as club manager Dave Roberts said their newly acquired arm is still a couple weeks away from live action.
“I think he is a ways away,” Roberts said when asked about Duffy’s status on Tuesday. “And I say that it’s a couple weeks.”
Duffy, who was acquired from the Kansas City Royals at the trade deadline, is dealing with a left flexor strain that has kept him sidelined since mid-May.
Roberts said Duffy is progressively working his way back and playing catch from somewhere between 90 and 120 feet.
“He’s letting it go, keeping at that low trajectory playing catch,” Roberts said of Duffy’s strenuous efforts to get back on the field. “So it’s a good effort throw. I don’t know the timing of when he’s going to get on the mound. So once that does happen, I think we’ll know more but I just don’t know right now.”
The 32-year-old veteran has been used, predominantly, as a starter throughout his career but his delayed return means he will see a different role from what he’s accustomed to.
It was confirmed by the Dodgers skipper that Duffy will be used strictly out of the bullpen upon returning to the team.
“Obviously, it’s solely a bullpen option right now,” Roberts said. “I think everyone has loved having him around. And he’s going to do everything he can to pitch for us this year so that’s something that I’m hopeful for still.”
For what it’s worth, Duffy has said in the past that he’s open to and excited about the idea of pitching in relief. Notably, that’s something he’s done exclusively over his postseason career spanning 9 games which netted him a World Series ring in 2015 with KC.
Duffy currently owns a 4-3 record with a 2.51 ERA and 65 K’s on the season.