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Royals get good news on Yordano Ventura’s elbow injury

May 27, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

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For once, some good news on an injured young pitcher: Royals general manager Dayton Moore just told MLB Network that Yordano Ventura is expected to miss just one start after leaving yesterday’s game with an elbow injury.

Ventura underwent an MRI exam for what the Royals called “lateral elbow discomfort,” which forced him out of a start versus the Astros in the third inning and sent Royals fans into a panic when his normally high-90s fastball was clocked at 91 miles per hour on his final pitch.

Obviously he’s not out of the woods yet, but the MRI exam showed no structural damage and it’s possible that Ventura won’t even need a stint on the disabled list. Phew.

One of the most promising young arms in baseball, Ventura has lived up to the hype and then some early on this season with a 3.45 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 57 innings at age 23 while averaging 96.7 miles per hour with his fastball.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    I believe that the one start he will miss is against Toronto. Drat!

  2. senioreditor2 - May 27, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    It’s inevitable, young pitcher throws extremely hard and needs Tommy John. Maybe not this week but he will by the end of the season. I’m guessing 3-4 more starts and then he’s shut down.

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