Ned Yost media session: Teaford joins the Royals

Before concluding a short midweek series against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night, manager Ned Yost talked about the two latest additions to the Royals’ pitching staff.

Left-handers Everett Teaford and Danny Duffy join the Royals from Triple-A Omaha (Teaford officially tonight while Duffy will join the club tomorrow), where both players were putting up impressive numbers for the Storm Chasers. Teaford provides another left-handed arm out of the bullpen and Duffy is scheduled to make his first Major League start Wednesday against the Texas Rangers.

With Omaha, Teaford was 2-1 with a 3.01 ERA in 10 appearances (3 starts). He moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen at the end of April. Yost said that things are easier on the bullpen with two lefties, emphasizing that Teaford and fellow southpaw Tim Collins will be used in various situations.

“[Teaford] is not just a lefty specialist. He’s a little more than that,” Yost explained. “This gives us the ability to shut down an inning with lefty-dominant hitters.”

Duffy went 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 7 starts at Omaha, notching 43 strikeouts in 36.0 innings. The skipper noted that Duffy was slated to start on Wednesday in the minors so the team decided to keep him on his regular pitching schedule.

“Wednesday is Duffy’s regular day,” Yost said. “We’d like to give him every comfort we can in his first Major League start.”

Teaford will wear No. 61 and is available for tonight’s contest. Since Duffy is not on the 40-man roster, the club will have to make a corresponding roster move tomorrow to select his contract from Omaha.

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