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With Danny Duffy sidelined, the Royals are calling up Yordano Ventura

Sep 16, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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It’s not happening under the best of circumstances, but the Royals are calling up one of their top pitching prospects to help their postseason efforts.

CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler reports that Royals will call up prospect right-hander Yordano Ventura to start tomorrow night against the Indians. He’ll pitch in place of Danny Duffy, who was diagnosed with a “very mild flexor strain” following an MRI.

Ventura, 22, posted a 3.14 ERA and 155/53 K/BB ratio over 134 2/3 innings this season between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha. While he’s listed at just 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, he’s capable of hitting 100 mph with his fastball.

Duffy, who is in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, hasn’t pitched since September 7. As Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star notes, the good news is that there’s no structural damage in his elbow. Still, it’s possible he’ll be shut down for the rest of the year at this point.

  1. frank433 - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Royals play the Indians tomorrow. Tigers are done with them this year.

    • D.J. Short - Sep 16, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      Yep, my mistake. Thanks!

  2. b453841l - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Any relation to Robin Ventura or Jesse (“the mind” nee “the body”) Ventura?

    • moogro - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      Your Google is broken? Ahh, the end of play-ignorant inquisitive jokes forever.

      • b453841l - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:21 AM

        Allllll righty then… he must be Ace Ventura’s kid. My bad.

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  4. sportsdrenched - Sep 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    If the Royals are going to be a playoff caliber team they’ll have to develop their own pitching. They stuck with Hosmer & Moustakas while they were struggling, they live or die by youth so lets see what he has.

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