Kansas City Royals left-hander Danny Duffy will pitch for the first time in more than a year when he faces the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
Duffy was off to a good start in 2012 with a 2-2 record and a 3.90 ERA when he suffered an elbow injury in May while pitching against the Chicago White Sox and underwent Tommy John surgery in June.
"I feel stronger than I've ever felt," Duffy said. "It takes a little more to maintain between starts, but I don't feel soreness, and it's the first time I could say that since I was 17. It's all going really well. The elbow is really good."
The 24-year-old is taking Wade Davis' turn in the Royals' rotation after being recalled from Triple-A Omaha. Davis is not with the team after a death in the family.
Royals manager Ned Yost said Duffy liekly would return to the minors after his spot start.
Duffy, who made his major league debut in 2011, has a 3-0 record with a 4.21 ERA in 10 appearances (eight starts) for Omaha this year. In his past three Storm Chasers starts, Duffy allowed two earned runs in 16 innings while striking out 18 and walking eight.
"I think getting back here and the road I had to take to get back here you realize how great we all have it," said Duffy, considered one of the Royals' top pitching prospects before the surgery. "You take a lot for granted in life."