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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 (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

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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

Yordano Ventura (hand) will either begin a rehab assignment or throw a simulated game on Friday.

It doesn't really matter which one he does, as he's slated for five innings and/or 75 pitches either way. Ventura, who is dealing with ulnar neuritis in his right hand, could be ready to rejoin the Royals' rotation next week if Friday's session goes well.
Jun 24 - 9:37 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that Yordano Ventura (hand) will likely need at least one rehab start before returning.

Ventura hasn't pitched since June 12 because of ulnar neuritis in his right hand. He's eligible to return on Sunday, but it's not clear at this point how far the right-hander is away from a rehab assignment.
Jun 22 - 7:02 PM

Royals placed RHP Yordano Ventura on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 13, with ulnar neuritis.

Ventura had to leave a start last Friday due to irritation of the ulnar nerve in his pitching hand, but he made it through a bullpen session Monday with no issues and was expected to start this Friday against the Red Sox. Apparently the Royals have decided to play things safe. Yohan Pino will start in his place.
Jun 18 - 4:55 PM

Yordano Ventura (hand) will start on Friday against the Red Sox.

Ventura got through a bullpen session Monday without having any issues with his pitching hand. His regular turn would be Wednesday, but the Royals have decided to give him some extra time. Joe Blanton will take the ball on Wednesday against the Brewers.
Jun 15 - 5:09 PM

Yordano Ventura (hand) plans to play catch on Sunday.

He'll then throw a bullpen session on Monday if the game of catch goes well. Ventura had to leave Friday's outing due to irritation of the ulnar nerve in his pitching hand, but he's already feeling a lot better and the Royals are optimistic that he won't miss a start.
Jun 14 - 11:35 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Saturday that Yordano Ventura has irritation in his ulnar nerve, but he's not expected to miss his next start.

Ventura was pulled from Friday's start after just three innings after experiencing numbness in three fingers in his right hand. While the Royals are considering the issue minor, it is certainly worth monitoring moving forward.
Jun 13 - 1:30 PM

Yordano Ventura is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his right hand.

He was lifted from Friday's outing against the Cardinals after just three innings after three fingers on his right hand went numb. The Royals should know more after the exam, but his next start is certainly in doubt at this point.
Jun 12 - 11:41 PM

Yordano Ventura was pulled from Friday's start against the Cardinals as a precautionary measure after complaining of weakness in his right hand.

It's the third time this season that the right-hander was forced to leave a start due to injury. Before leaving, he surrendered two runs on four hits over three innings, earning his sixth loss of the season in the process. It's unclear at the moment if he'll be able to make his next scheduled start.
Jun 12 - 10:57 PM

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2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Dusty Coleman
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Alex Rios
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Edinson Volquez
5Danny Duffy
6Chris Young
7Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Ryan Madson
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Brandon Finnegan
8Joe Blanton
9Brian Flynn
10Tim Collins