The 2017 season has been a complete loss for Matt Duffy. And to a certain degree, he's come to terms with it.
In the offseason, he had surgery on his heel. After just three rehab games in May, he underwent another procedure to remove a calcium deposit.
On Monday, Duffy finally got back on a baseball field. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Duffy played three innings in a Rays Instructional League game, grounding out twice and having a ball graze his jersey for a hit-by-pitch.
"I'm happy with where I'm at. For the first game it feels pretty good. I didn't push it. I didn't try to do too much," Duffy told the publication afterwards.
Traded last July in a deal that netted the Giants young, controllable left-handed pitcher Matt Moore, Duffy never expected to be out this long.
"I was told three to six months. It is what it is. I don't think about that too much anymore. It's just wasted energy, frustrating myself. It costs me the year, it stinks, but I'm not going to get it back," Duffy said.
The 26-year-old is keeping a positive outlook.
"I could try to take a positive and say, 'Hey, I'm gaining one year on the back end, less wear and tear at this point.' I have come to peace with the fact it's taken me the whole year, unfortunately," Duffy said.
With the season wrapping up, Duffy talked about his thought-process heading into the winter and the light at the end of the tunnel.
"I can see it, for sure, especially with the offseason coming up. Get in a few games here, be able to strengthen in the offseason, continue to rehabilitate it, have a semi-normal offseason, have a good spring training. I'm excited about that," Duffy said.
When Duffy does get back into a major league game, it will be his first since Sept. 5, 2016.