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  1. Yordano Ventura expected to pitch 180-200 innings this year

    Mar 19, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    yordano ventura getty

    Yordano Ventura was officially named the Royals’ fifth starter on Monday and on Wednesday manager Ned Yost told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star that the young right-hander will not be on a strict innings limit in his first full major league season. Yost said Ventura can go 180-200 innings. The 22-year-old tossed a total…

  2. Yordano Ventura and his 100-mph fastball will be in the Royals’ rotation

    Mar 18, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Yordano Ventura Royals

    Everyone loves a new pitching phenom, so here’s some good news: 22-year-old flame-thrower Yordano Ventura has won a spot in the Royals’ starting rotation, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. Ventura made his MLB debut with three September starts last season and has been extremely impressive all spring, flashing a triple-digit fastball…

  3. 2014 Preview: Kansas City Royals

    Mar 12, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

    Ned Yost and his flexible thumb

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Royals finally ready to contend? Kansas City made a big jump…

  4. Wade Davis is no longer in the running for a rotation spot

    Mar 8, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

    Wade Davis Getty

    The Royals gave Wade Davis a chance to win a rotation spot this spring even after he struggled as a starter last season, but Royals manager Ned Yost told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star this morning that the 28-year-old right-hander is out of the fifth starter competition and will pitch out of the…

  5. What on earth are the Royals doing now?

    Feb 1, 2014, 4:12 PM EDT

    Bruce Chen

    When the Royals re-signed Bruce Chen to a one-year, $4.25 million contract this week, it was generally met with tepid approval. One could argue that he’s 90 percent of the pitcher Jason Vargas is for half of the salary and one-quarter the commitment. So, that’s not bad. But then came the fallout. First, it was…

  6. Royals to give Hochevar, Davis second… mmm, sixth chances as SPs

    Dec 9, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    Luke Hochevar

    After two seasons as a below average starter, Wade Davis broke through as a reliever for the Rays in 2012, amassing a 2.43 ERA and striking out 87 in 70 1/3 innings. The Royals plan after picking him up in the James Shields-Wil Myers trade? Move him back to the rotation. Luke Hochevar was a…

  7. A Thoroughly Enjoyable Season

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Kansas City Royals

    Well, it’s Sept. 17 … and the Kansas City Royals have a shot at the postseason. It’s a bit of a longshot, sure. They are 2 1/2 games behind Texas in the wildcard standings right now, which is hardly insurmountable (especially the way the Rangers are playing). But they also have Cleveland and Baltimore ahead…

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

    Sep 16, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Royals logo

    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…

  9. Royals misjudge their talent, Wil pay the price

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:58 PM EDT

    Dayton Moore, David Glass

    Royals GM Dayton Moore has told us for years to “trust the process.” For better or worse, he put forth his endgame on Sunday night, sacrificing top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi, not to mention third baseman Patrick Leonard and left-hander Mike Montgomery, in order to bring in James Shields and Wade Davis from…

  10. Felipe Paulino likely to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Jun 22, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    Felipe Paulino

    Felipe Paulino is currently on the disabled list with a groin injury, but suddenly that’s the least of the hard-throwing Royals right-hander’s problems. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Paulino has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and is “likely” to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. While…

  11. Pitching-starved Royals have found a gem in Felipe Paulino

    May 24, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Felipe Paulino

    One of the things holding the Royals’ rebuilding effort back despite a steady influx of young talent is their lack of quality starting pitching, as former No. 1 overall pick Luke Hochevar has a 5.39 career ERA at age 28 and 23-year-old Danny Duffy blew out his elbow after showing lots of promise. Kansas City’s…

  12. Royals get in on big B1G1F sale

    May 18, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Blake Wood

    The Royals announced Friday afternoon that Danny Duffy and Blake Wood would both undergo Tommy John surgery within the next two weeks. It was already well established that Duffy was going down this path. Wood, a 26-year-old right-hander, had been on the DL since the start of the season with what the team was calling…

  13. The Royals aren’t cursed… they’re stupid

    May 14, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Danny Duffy

    23-year-old left-hander Danny Duffy complained of elbow tightness following his start April 22 against the Blue Jays. Kansas City’s solution? An MRI and a precautionary DL stint? It is the team’s youngest starter and a big part of the organization’s future we’re dealing with here. Nope, the Royals had him skip one start. No tests…

  14. Danny Duffy likely headed for Tommy John elbow surgery

    May 14, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Duffy winds up a pitch against Detroit's Jackson during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    UPDATE: After being examined by the Royals’ team doctor Duffy has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, which is the injury that requires Tommy John surgery. He’ll seek a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum first, but it looks like season-ending surgery for the promising left-hander. What a shame. ========== Danny Duffy exited…

  15. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 4, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard Getty

    Pirates 6, Cardinals 3: Erik Bedard struck out 11 men in five innings. At one point he fanned seven in a row. Overall, Pirates pitchers struck out 17 Cardinals. Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 with a homer. Two weeks ago he was hitting .074. Now he’s at .257 and he’s slugging over .600 on…

  16. Danny Duffy to miss Friday start with elbow tightness

    Apr 26, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Duffy winds up a pitch against Detroit's Jackson during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Royals left-hander Danny Duffy has been scratched from his scheduled Friday start because of what the team is calling “minor elbow tightness.” Duffy described the injury as “not bad at all” and told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that “I want to pitch, but I appreciate the care they’re showing me in this…

  17. Stephen Strasburg, David Price are this year’s hardest throwers

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Among starting pitchers anyway. Here’s the top 10 for fastball velocity among ERA qualifiers this season (data taken from Fangraphs): 1. Stephen Strasburg (Was) – 95.4 mph 2. David Price (TB) – 95.2 3. Danny Duffy (KC) – 95.0 4. Jeff Samardzija (ChC) – 94.7 5. Juan Nicasio (Col) – 94.1 6. Matt Garza (ChC)…

  18. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 11, 2012, 6:02 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Houston Astros

    Braves 6, Astros 4: Chipper Jones came off the disabled list, singled in his first at bat and hit a home run in his second. Dude is on death’s door and he hasn’t had functional knees since Bush’s first term yet he’s still the best hitter on this team.  Tyler Pastornicky hit his first MLB…

  19. Royals put Felipe Paulino on disabled list with elbow injury

    Mar 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Felipe Paulino

    Felipe Paulino looked like a candidate for a mini-breakout this season after throwing 125 innings with a 4.11 ERA and 119 strikeouts following a trade to the Royals last year, but instead the 28-year-old right-hander was placed on the disabled list with elbow soreness. Manager Ned Yost indicated to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that the…

  20. Springtime Storylines: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend?

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend? Last season the Royals took…

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