Duffy likely to pitch in next series vs. Tigers

Duffy likely to pitch in next series vs. Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Left-hander Danny Duffy missed his scheduled start on Friday night because of stiffness in his left elbow, but he's expected to return soon, possibly in the next series at Detroit.

"He feels nothing. No reason not to expect him pitching sometime in Detroit," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Right-hander Felipe Paulino is doing well on a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and could be close to returning. Yost wanted to see how Everett Teaford did as Duffy's stand-in on Friday night against the Twins before making any pitching adjustments or changes.

Teaford lasted just four innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. Yost said after the Royals' 7-6 victory that he had no roster moves to announce.

There could be a change in the order of the rotation.

One possibility is to push back right-hander Luke Hochevar, who normally would pitch on Monday night at Detroit but is favoring a sore ankle. Duffy could slide into Hochevar's spot or start later in the series.