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Royals' Duffy to undergo surgery

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The Royals doubled their bad news Friday.

While it was expected lefty Danny Duffy would undergo Tommy John surgery, the club also announced righty

Blake Wood would go on the operating table for reconstructive elbow surgery.

Duffy saw Dr. Lewis Yocum for a second opinion Friday to confirm that surgery would be necessary to repair

a torn left ulnar collateral ligament. Duffy, 23, was 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA in six starts. He left a Sunday

start at Chicago after only 13 pitches with the injury.

Wood was a key component of the bullpen the past two years, making 106 appearances. He was 5-3 with a 3.75

ERA and a save last season. Wood has not pitched since spring training this year.

Wood, like Duffy, was examined Friday by Dr. Yocum in Tempe, Ariz. The season-ending Tommy John surgeries

will be performed in the next two weeks in Los Angeles.

"Once a player gets to the big leagues and has Tommy John, his percentage of making it back are higher

than a minor league player who has never been to the big leagues," Royals manager Ned Yost said before the 6

-4 loss Friday night to the Diamondbacks. "They did the hard part, they got to the big league level before

they had to have these surgeries, so we look for both these guys to come back as strong, or even stronger

than before the injuries occurred."

Duffy and Wood will become the third and fourth Royals pitchers to have Tommy John surgery within the past

year. Joakim Soria, the Royals closer, had the surgery in April. Lefty John Lamb, who was considered the

Royals' top pitching prospect in 2010, had the surgery June 3, 2011.
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