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Yordano Ventura leaves start with lateral elbow discomfort, will be sent for MRI

May 26, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Well, this doesn’t sound promising. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Ventura exited due to “lateral elbow discomfort” and will be sent for an MRI.

9:36 p.m. ET: Troubling development for the Royals, as rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura was forced to exit tonight’s start against the Astros in the third inning with an apparent injury.

Ventura was getting hit around pretty good before exiting, as the Astros touched him up for five runs on seven hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star notes that his fastball was clocked at 91 mph against his final batter, which isn’t a promising sign. We’ll pass along more information when we get it, but hopefully another young pitcher isn’t dealing with a serious injury.

Ventura, 22, owns a 3.45 ERA and 59/19 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings over 10 starts this season. Per FanGraphs, he entered tonight’s outing with an average fastball velocity of 96.7 mph, which is the highest in the majors.

  1. doctorofsmuganomics - May 26, 2014 at 9:41 PM

  2. flamethrower101 - May 26, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    See you next year.

  3. renaado - May 26, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Starter + 97 mph avg speed = DL no doubt.

  4. migoli - May 26, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Well in all fairness who didn’t see this coming for him in light if how this year has gone?

  5. mottershead1972 - May 27, 2014 at 4:33 AM

    maybe Tommy John surgery should just come standard with a signing bonus out of high school or college, get it out of the way…

  6. southpaw2k - May 27, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Figured it was bound to happen sooner or later for him. I just figured it would come sometime in 2015, so he’s ahead of the curve. Yay?

  7. jrbdmb - May 27, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Seems like Kansas City should nominated to be the official Factory of Sadness for MLB. All those top draft picks and still struggle to get out of the basement.

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