Sep. 17--The Kansas City Royals announced that veteran pitcher Danny Duffy will start their series opener on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.
Rookie pitcher Kris Bubic will start Saturday followed by Brad Keller on Sunday.
The Royals skipped the left-hander’s scheduled start on Tuesday night in Detroit and started Jakob Junis after Duffy missed the team flight on Monday.
Duffy flew in later Monday night and joined the team in Detroit. Duffy also addressed the team and apologized on Tuesday, according to manager Mike Matheny.
Duffy remained on the active roster, but the club had not said when he’d make his next start until Thursday morning.
The Royals have not discussed any details regarding why Duffy missed the flight. Matheny did say that Duffy was physically OK. Duffy was visible in the dugout during the Fox Sports Kansas City television broadcast of Tuesday night’s game.
Fox 4 cited sources in a report that said Duffy was found with a damaged vehicle on Monday.
When contacted about the report regarding Duffy, the Kansas City Police Department released the following information regarding a call officers responded at 6:48 p.m. on Monday to that did not result in an incident report:
“Officers were dispatched on a suspicious car and occupant to 16th and Jefferson. They found a male in a car, which was parked legally. The vehicle was off and the keys were not in the ignition. There was some damage on the vehicle that rendered it incapable of operating. The owner of the vehicle arranged to have the vehicle towed from the location. Due to no apparent crime committed, there was no police incident report completed.”
In nine starts this season, Duffy has gone 3-3 with a 4.24 ERA, and a 1.22 WHIP with 47 strikeouts and 19 walks in 46 2/3 innings pitched.