Duffy wears new look, raises expectations

Pitcher sets goal of working 200-plus innings

Duffy wears new look, raises expectations

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The new-look Danny Duffy, sporting a heavy beard and a curly hairdo, arrived for the first official workout for Royals pitchers and catchers on Friday.

"I'm getting called 'John the Baptist,'" a smiling Duffy said. "But the hair, it's not [a perm]. It's natural."

Duffy also said he has put on about 15 pounds of muscle, going from 195 to 212 pounds ("I'm not good with the math part," he said.)

"I just felt that it would help my durability," Duffy said. "It's a long season. Plus, I'm hoping I can get more body behind the ball and that will help me not fly open so much in my delivery.

"I think that's what happened late last season. I was just flying open all the time. Hopefully that won't happen now."

Duffy said his goal this season is to pitch 200 innings. His career high is 149 1/3 innings, which he accomplished last season.

"Definitely, I want to be a workhorse," Duffy said. "I want to be getting into the seventh and eighth innings as much as possible."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jflanagankc. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.