The Kansas City Royals have optioned left handed starting pitcher Will Smith, no, not the rapper/actor, to Triple-A Omaha today.
Smith was sent down to make room for today’s starting pitcher, Danny Duffy. The 24 year old Smith has a 3.26 ERA, 20/1 K/BB ratio over 19 1/3 innings this season and should be back in September, when teams are able to add more players to their rosters as the season enters their final full month of regular season games, leading into the first week of October.
Danny Duffy will make the start against the Minnesota Twins today in place of Wade Davis. It will be Duffy’s first major league start since Tommy John surgery last season. Duffy, also 24, had a 4.14 ERA, 77/27 K/BB ratio over 63 innings over 12 starts and two relief appearances in the minor leagues.
It’s unclear on how long Duffy will remain with the team, as Wade Davis is away, following a death in his family. Davis has an ERA of 5.42 in 21 starts this season. It should be tempting for the Royals to keep him around if he has a good outing against the Twins tonight.