11:55am: Royals general manager Dayton Moore has released a statement on Duffy’s arrest:
“We are obviously disappointed in the news we have received regarding Danny Duffy’s DUI arrest on Sunday night. Danny was not part of the team traveling back from Cleveland on Sunday because he had returned to Kansas City a day earlier to undergo an MRI examination. We are still in the early stages of gathering the details, but I do know that Danny has always been accountable as a member of this organization and we expect accountability from him as this process moves forward. We obviously do not condone anyone driving while under the influence, but this is now a legal matter and we will allow the process to unfold and cannot comment any further.”
11:35am: Royals left-hander Danny Duffy was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on Sunday night, per a report from Sports Radio 810 WHB (citing Overland Park municipal court records). Duffy was not booked into jail, per 41 Action News KSHB.
Neither the team nor Duffy have released a statement on the matter yet, and details on the arrest are scarce. An arraignment for Duffy has been scheduled on Sept. 19 at 1:00pm CT, when the Royals will be in Toronto for a road matchup with the Blue Jays.
It’s not clear whether there will be any discipline from the team or the league at this juncture. Duffy was placed on the 10-day disabled list this past Saturday with an impingement in his throwing elbow — his second trip to the DL this season. The 28-year-old is in the first season of a five-year, $65MM contract extension that he signed this past winter and has logged 131 innings with 7.97 K/9, 2.47 BB/9 and a 38.5 percent ground-ball rate en route to a 3.78 ERA.
The Royals, at 64-66, are 10 games out of first place in the American League Central division but are a more manageable three games back from the second Wild Card slot in the American League.