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Decision on Duffy, Majors or Minors, remains

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- So will it be the Kansas City bullpen or the Omaha starting rotation for left-hander Danny Duffy?

"There's going to be a lot of debate on if this is the right thing to do, the wrong thing to do," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Probably so, whichever way it goes.

Not too long ago, general manager Dayton Moore and Yost were leaning toward having the loser of the Duffy vs. Yordano Ventura rotation battle go to Omaha to start. That way he'd be stretched out and ready to return if Kansas City needed a starter because of injury or ineffectiveness.

However, after Ventura secured the rotation spot, there was increased talk of having Duffy perhaps take the seventh bullpen spot and work relief in the Majors.

"If you're going to have success, you're going to have to do it up here," Yost said on Wednesday. "So if he's not a starter and there's a spot open and he wins that spot, then we can ease him into situations like we did (Luke Hochevar) to where, hopefully, he can continue to grow, continue to progress at the Major League level."

Hochevar, though, was never brought out of his bullpen role last year to return to starting.

The Royals believe Duffy's future is definitely as a starter and the question is, what's the best way to get him to that point?

"There are so many scenarios here," Yost said. "Do we start with him in the bullpen for six weeks and then, boom, send him back to the Minors to get built up?"

Duffy has competition for the last bullpen spot remaining in camp: Francisley Bueno, Donnie Joseph, Jon Rauch, Cory Wade and P.J. Walters. So, before a decision on Duffy is made, one other thing has to occur.

"He has to make the team," Yost said.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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