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Danny Duffy Injury Could Really Impact Kansas City

The Texas Rangers are facing the Kansas City Royals just hours after the young team found out their young pitcher Danny Duffy is likely out for the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, which will likely require Tommy John surgery.

The 23-year-old Duffy has a 3.90 ERA, 28 strikeouts and 18 walks in 27 2/3 innings for the Royals. Losing such an arm in the rotation is probably going to hurt the team's efforts in whatever they were going to accomplish this season.

Learning this news on the day you have to face one of the strongest teams in baseball in the Texas Rangers and the hottest hitter in Josh Hamilton can't be good, as it will only reinforce how important it is to have a pitcher with Duffy's talent.

Duffy was a third-round selection for the Royals in the 2007 draft.

Read more about the Royals at Royals Review and for more on the Rangers be sure to check out Lone Star Ball.

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