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Yordano Ventura | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Yordano Ventura was hit hard in Saturday's victory over the Blue Jays, allowing five runs on six hits over his seven frames.
Ventura walked a pair and struck out two on the afternoon. Thankfully for him, the Royals offense came to play and did enough to secure his victory. Part of Ventura's problem was his inability to keep the ball in the yard, as Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista launched back-to-back homers in the fifth inning. Now 6-7 on the season, he'll carry a 4.98 ERA and 1.30 WHIP into Friday's matchup against the White Sox. Aug 1 - 3:41 PM

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Yordano Ventura pitched well in his return to the rotation on Sunday, holding the Astros to one run on six hits over seven innings in the 5-1 win.

Ventura had been sent to Triple-A earlier this month with the hopes that he could smooth out his game against minor league competition, as his 5.19 ERA simply wasn't cutting it. He was called up on June 22 to take the place of Jason Vargas, who just hit the disabled list with an elbow injury. Against the Astros on Sunday, the 24-year-old righty struck out five without walking a batter, with the only run to score against him coming on a Colby Rasmus single in the second inning. This might end up being little more than a spot start, though, as the team is reportedly on the verge of trading for Reds ace Johnny Cueto. We should get clarification on Ventura's place in the Royal rotation--if he has one--in the coming days.
Jul 26 - 4:59 PM

Royals recalled RHP Yordano Ventura from Triple-A Omaha.

The Royals had just sent Ventura down on Tuesday, but he's back by necessity now with Jason Vargas (elbow) sidelined. Ventura presumably will get a start this weekend against the Astros. The 24-year-old right-hander's ERA is at 5.19 for the season after he was knocked around for six runs over four frames on Monday.
Jul 22 - 2:42 PM

Royals optioned RHP Yordano Ventura to Triple-A Omaha.

Just as FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal suggested. Ventura was lit up for six earned runs on 10 hits Monday night in a loss to the Pirates and will head to the farm with a highly disappointing 5.19 season ERA. The 24-year-old right-hander needs to work out some issues against a lesser level of competition. We wouldn't rule out him returning with a fury down the stretch.
Jul 21 - 4:15 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the Royals have discussed demoting struggling right-hander Yordano Ventura to Triple-A.

No decision has been made yet, but it's among the possibilities being considered. Ventura has allowed nine runs in nine innings over two starts since returning from the disabled list and owns a disappointing 5.19 ERA on the year.
Jul 21 - 1:46 PM

Yordano Ventura was hit around for six runs in four innings, taking the loss on Monday facing the Pirates.

Ventura gave up 10 hits and a walk while striking out seven in his second start since coming off of the disabled list. It's been a rough year for the right-hander, between his struggles, his hand injury, and early-season anger issues. He has a 5.19 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, and a 65/25 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings. Ventura will look to turn things around at home against the Astros in his next start.
Jul 20 - 11:52 PM

Yordano Ventura picked up the win in his return from the disabled list, allowing three runs on four hits over five innings in Thursday's contest with the Rays.

Ventura went down with ulnar neuritis in his pitching hand on June 18 and in his Thursday return against the Rays, he pitched unevenly, striking out four but also walking three. All three runs against him scored in the fifth inning. He threw 89 pitches (54 strikes) in his time on the mound. Ventura has struggled to the tune of a 4.73 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in the first half of the season, but he certainly has the talent to improve on those numbers and could make for an interesting buy-low candidate in AL-only formats.
Jul 9 - 5:11 PM

Royals activated RHP Yordano Ventura from the 15-day disabled list.

Ventura will return to the Royals' starting rotation on Thursday afternoon against the Rays after missing close to a month with ulnar neuritis in his pitching hand. The 24-year-old has been inconsistent all season, but he remains an attractive fantasy starter in the right matchups. Tampa Bay's lineup is rather unintimidating.
Jul 9 - 11:16 AM

Yordano Ventura (hand) has officially been cleared to start on Thursday against the Rays after a successful bullpen session Monday.

Ventura had been slated for another rehab start, but the Royals changed their mind after he felt good in a 'pen session over the weekend. Given the nice matchup, fantasy owners can probably go ahead and roll with the righty this week. Joe Blanton will head back to the bullpen following Ventura's return.
Jul 6 - 5:14 PM

Yordano Ventura (hand) is expected to skip his final rehab start and rejoin the Royals' rotation, likely on Thursday versus the Rays.

Ventura had been pegged to take the ball on Monday for Triple-A Omaha in a final tune-up, but it appears the club has decided he doesn't need that outing. "He's ready," manager Ned Yost said. Ventura has been on the shelf since mid-June with ulnar neuritis in his pitching hand.
Jul 5 - 11:38 AM

Yordano Ventura (hand) will make another rehab start with Triple-A Omaha on Monday.

The righty didn't have any issues with his right hand during a bullpen session Saturday, but he still felt a very slight numbness in his last rehab outing so the Royals are going to play it safe. Ventura will be re-evaluated after Monday's start, as he would potentially be in line to rejoin the rotation next weekend.
Jul 5 - 10:09 AM

Yordano Ventura (hand) will likely make another minor league rehab start.

Ventura, out since June 13 with ulnar neuritis, allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday at Triple-A Omaha. He still felt a very slight numbness in his hand, so the Royals want to play things safe before activating him.
Jul 2 - 5:25 PM

Yordano Ventura (hand) allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday at Triple-A Omaha.

Ventura walked three but struck out four and gave up only three hits. It may be enough to convince the Royals that the 24-year-old right-hander is ready to return from the disabled list. He's been on the shelf since June 13 with ulnar neuritis.
Jul 2 - 9:05 AM

Yordano Ventura (hand) will make at least one more rehab start with Triple-A Omaha.

Ventura had been slated for just one rehab outing, but the Royals changed their minds after the righty gave up three runs on three hits and three walks over just four innings Friday. "The stuff was OK," manager Ned Yost said. "Ninety-seven miles per hour. Decent curveball. (We need to) just get him back into a good rhythm, just get him back into a good spot. So when he comes up here, he’s ready to go." The decision to hold back Ventura means Joe Blanton will get at least one more start.
Jun 28 - 10:07 AM

Yordano Ventura (hand) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Omaha on Friday.

Ventura will throw five innings or 75 pitches, whichever comes first. He'll need at least the one rehab start before returning to the Royals. His next step will likely be determined with how Friday's start goes.
Jun 24 - 6:56 PM

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