Royals LHP Danny Duffy charged with DUI

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy delivers to a Colorado Rockies batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
AP Photo/Orlin Wagner

Kansas City Royals left-handed starting pitcher Danny Duffy was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on Sunday evening, according to an initial report from Sports Radio 810 WHB.

The incident occurred in Overland Park, Kansas at 7:35 p.m., per Overland Park municipal court records. Duffy is now scheduled to be arraigned on September 19 while the 28-year-old was not booked into jail, according to 41 Action News KSHB.

The Royals have since released an official statement regarding the matter.

Kansas City just recently placed Duffy on the club’s 10-day disabled due to an impingement in his left elbow. It marked the second time Duffy had hit the disabled list this season, with the first occurrence being the result of an oblique injury back in late May. The veteran southpaw has started 21 games for the Royals this year, going 8-8 with a 3.78 ERA. Over 131 innings of work, he has allowed 128 hits while striking out 116 opposing batters.

Duffy was originally selected by Kansas City in the third round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft.

He made his major league debut in 2011, starting 20 contests and registering a 4-8 record while pitching to the tune of a 5.64 ERA. His breakout campaign came in 2014, when he went 9-12 with a 2.53 ERA, surrendering just 113 hits while fanning 113 opposing hitters across 149.1 frames of action. As a whole, Duffy has gone 44-41 with a career 3.72 ERA.

The slumping Royals have fallen to 64-66 and now sit 10 games behind the Cleveland Indians for first place in the American League Central division. However, the club is just three games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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