Royals pitcher Danny Duffy pulled from start at Detroit; team investigating incident


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy won’t make his scheduled start on Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers after missing the team flight.

FOX4’s Rob Collins reports the Royals are aware of the incident that caused him to miss the team flight and are investigating. Duffy is OK and now in Detroit after catching a later flight, but the missed flight is considered a disciplinary measure.

Kansas City police didn’t specifically name Duffy in the incident, but a video given to FOX4 puts him in the area of 16th and Jefferson on Monday night.

That footage, which you can see in the video player above, is consistent with police information and details from sources.

KCPD said officers were called to a suspicious car and occupant at 16th and Jefferson around 6:45 p.m. Monday. They found a man in a legally parked vehicle. The SUV was off, and the keys were not in the ignition.

Police confirm there was some damage to the vehicle that made it unable to drive, and the owner had it towed.

Because there was no crime committed, police did not make an incident report, and therefore, Duffy was not named.

Royals manager Mike Matheny said Duffy has already spoke to the team about the situation and apologized. Hear more from Matheny in the video player above.

Pitcher Jakob Junis will get the start Tuesday night instead. The game starts at 6:10 p.m.

This is a developing story. FOX4 will provide any updates as we confirm more information.



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