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Yordano Ventura | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Yordano Ventura fell to 7-8 after allowing six runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.
The Red Sox were all over Ventura, racking up nine hits and four walks without striking out before chasing him with one out in the fifth inning. Catcher David Ross was responsible for the biggest blow, homering with one on and one out in the fourth inning to make it a 4-0 ballgame. Ventura still has a respectable 3.59 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and an 88/35 K/BB ratio in 107 2/3 innings. He'll look to rebound at home against the Indians on Friday. Jul 20 - 4:44 PM

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Yordano Ventura was terrific in Friday's victory over the Indians, allowing just one run on six hits over 8 1/3 innings.

The rookie right-hander carried a shutout into the ninth inning, before being denied by Michael Brantley's solo blast. He struck out four in the impressive outing while walking a pair. Now 6-7 on the year, he'll bring a terrific 3.07 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 80/27 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's matchup against the Rays in Tampa Bay.
Jul 4 - 10:28 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings but took the loss against the Mariners on Sunday.

Ventura allowed a Mike Zunino homer to lead off the seventh inning, which ended up being the difference in the game. The right-handed struck out six while walking two on the afternoon. The loss snapped his three-game winning streak, and despite pitching well overall he's 5-6 on the season. Ventura has a 3.20 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, and he'll try to get back in the win column against the Angels on Saturday.
Jun 22 - 5:44 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed three runs on eight hits over seven innings in Tuesday's win over the Tigers.

Ventura didn't have to be at the top of his game, as the Royals got to Tigers starter Max Scherzer for 10 runs before the end of the fifth inning. Ventura walked two and struck out four in the win. The 23-year-old is 5-5 with a 3.26 ERA and 1.25 WHIP through 13 starts. He'll look for his fourth straight win when he takes on the Mariners on Sunday.
Jun 17 - 10:41 PM

Yordano Ventura fired seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Royals' 4-1 win over the Indians.

Ventura was sharp in the afternoon outing at home in Kansas City, scattering six hits without walking a batter. He struck out three. The 23-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.20 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 63 strikeouts through his first 70 1/3 innings this season. He'll try to stay in a groove next week in Detroit.
Jun 11 - 5:17 PM

Yordano Ventura improved to 3-5, allowing two runs over six innings as the Royals defeated the Cardinals 3-2 on Thursday.

Ventura won his first game since April 25, having endured a tough May in which he went 0-4 and saw his strikeouts plummet. The flamethrowing right-hander managed only one strikeout on Thursday while allowing seven hits and two walks. Ventura will take a 3.41 ERA and 1.28 WHIP into his next start at home against the Indians.
Jun 5 - 10:44 PM

Yordano Ventura (elbow) made it through another bullpen session Monday without incident.

Good news. Ventura was diagnosed with valgus extension overload in his elbow last week, but he managed to avoid a stint on the disabled list and will return to the Royals' rotation to start Thursday against the Cardinals. The 23-year-old right-hander owns a 3.45 ERA and 59/19 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings over 10 starts this season.
Jun 2 - 5:54 PM

Yordano Ventura (elbow) is scheduled to return to the Royals' starting rotation this Thursday.

Ventura made it through another bullpen session Saturday without experiencing discomfort in his right elbow and is now on track to pitch against the cross-state Cardinals in Kansas City on Thursday night. The young hard-throwing right-hander was diagnosed last week with a valgus extension overload in his elbow. It's something he should be able to pitch through.
Jun 2 - 10:19 AM

Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland said that Yordano Ventura (elbow) felt "fine" while playing catch Friday.

Ventura will throw a light bullpen session Saturday before a full 'pen session on Monday. Assuming he gets through it with no issues, he'll be cleared to return to the Royals' rotation next week. Aaron Brooks is starting in Toronto on Saturday in Ventura's place.
May 30 - 5:12 PM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Tuesday that Yordano Ventura (elbow) will have to learn to reduce his velocity early on in games.

Ventura has been diagnosed with valgus stress overload, and he can help put less stress on his elbow by slowly building up his velocity during starts. Justin Verlander has proved that it's something that can be done, but it's certainly not an easy transition. The condition hurts Ventura's long-term outlook.
May 27 - 8:33 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that Yordano Ventura has been diagnosed with valgus stress overload.

Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan notes that the condition does not bode well for Ventura's future, as it can lead to "cartilage damage, arthritis and bone chips," as well as "instability that leaves (the) UCL prone (to damage)." So, while an MRI has revealed that Ventura has no structural damage, it sounds like he's definitely not out of the woods yet. Royals general manager Dayton Moore told MLB Network Tuesday that he expects Ventura to miss just one start, but this could wind up being a long-term issue.
May 27 - 7:54 PM

An MRI taken Tuesday on the right elbow of Yordano Ventura showed no major structural damage.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore told MLB Network that he expects the young flame-thrower to miss just one start. Ventura was lifted from his outing Monday against the Astros after complaining of lateral elbow discomfort and the initial worry was that he might be headed for Tommy John surgery. But that bullet has been dodged for now.
May 27 - 4:28 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said he was assured by the training staff that Yordano Ventura did not injure his ulnar collateral ligament.

Ventura's soreness was on the lateral and not the medial (where the UCL is) part of the elbow, which is likely what Yost is referring to. While encouraging, it's hard to be totally confident that the injury isn't serious until the MRI is performed. That exam is coming Tuesday.
May 27 - 12:00 AM

Yordano Ventura will undergo an MRI Tuesday after exiting Monday's start versus the Astros with lateral elbow discomfort.

Uh oh. Ventura was tagged for five runs on seven hits and three walks over just 2 2/3 innings before leaving, and he hit only 91 mph with his fastball against his final hitter of the night. It's worth noting that the ulnar collateral ligament is on the medial and not the lateral side of the elbow. However, that doesn't necessarily mean Ventura doesn't have some ligament damage. We'll find out Tuesday.
May 26 - 10:09 PM

Yordano Ventura left Monday's start against the Astros in the third inning with an apparent injury.

Ventura's fastball hit just 91 mph against his final batter with two outs in the inning, so it could be some sort of arm injury. The young righty was touched up for five runs on seven hits and three walks before exiting. The Royals should provide an update on Ventura shortly. Cross your fingers.
May 26 - 9:19 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Brett Hayes
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Danny Valencia
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Norichika Aoki
DH1Billy Butler
2Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Aaron Crow
5Jason Frasor
6Francisley Bueno
7Scott Downs
8Bruce Chen
9Luke Hochevar