Dozen drug tests don’t ding Duffy

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE - Com­piled by Tim Cooper

Kansas City Roy­als pitcher Danny Duffy re­vealed Fri­day he’s been “ran­domly” drug-tested 12 times this sea­son. That’s one for each start he’s made so far.

In re­veal­ing that in­for­ma­tion, Duffy also of­fered up a pretty funny quip to con­vey his con­fu­sion while also re­it­er­at­ing how seem­ingly non­sen­si­cal the process of who’s be­ing tested and when re­ally is.

“That’s 12 drug tests so far.. 12. Re­ally keepin tabs. Im built like gumby guys i prom­ise im not the one,” Duffy tweeted.

“Duffy, 6-3, 205, is far from the pro­to­type for a player you’d sus­pect might be cheat­ing the sys­tem,” wrote Mark Townsend of Big League Stew. “Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s not pos­si­ble ei­ther. But if Duffy has passed tests 11 times in three months, there doesn’t seem to be much point for a 12th test. That is un­less some­body some­where truly does sus­pect some­thing.

“With that in mind, it’s not as if Duffy’s per­for­mance this sea­son has sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved. In fact, his 3.51 ERA through 12 starts this sea­son is iden­ti­cal to his 3.51 ERA in 26 starts and 16 re­lief ap­pear­ances last sea­son. His ca­reer ERA over seven sea­sons sits at 3.69, so while maybe not al­ways con­sis­tent his num­bers have at least been steady.

“If MLB’s drug test­ing truly is ran­dom, then per­haps Duffy should con­sider play­ing the lot­tery.”

AP/DAVID DERMER

Kansas City pitcher Danny Duffy has started 12 games this sea­son. He’s also been drug-tested 12 times, but his num­bers are con­sis­tent with 2016.

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