Updates from Monday, June 2
Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star provides a statement from Royals manager Ned Yost discussing Yordano Ventura's recovery:
For now, the fear surrounding Ventura’s right elbow has faded. He will throw a more rigorous bullpen session on Monday at Busch Stadium, and the team has penciled him into his regularly scheduled appearance on Thursday against St. Louis.
'He’s on track,' manager Ned Yost said.
Updates from Tuesday, May 27
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports provides an update on Yordano Ventura's injury and recovery:
Kansas City Royals burgeoning star pitcher Yordano Ventura went from electrifying to pedestrian on Monday night, and an injured elbow may be the reason.
The Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough revealed the frightening news:
Yordano Ventura left with "lateral elbow discomfort." He will undergo an MRI tomorrow.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) May 27, 2014
The Royals aren't concerned, but don't put too much stock into that as Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reminds us:
Royals confident Ventura injury isn't UCL. If there's one thing I've learned reporting this book, it's: Don't trust anything until the MRI.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 27, 2014
Ventura, the 23-year-old fireballer, has routinely hit triple digits this season, establishing himself as one of the brightest young pitchers in the game. Entering Monday, he had a 2.80 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 54.2 innings.
Things quickly fell apart against the Houston Astros, though, and he was forced to leave after surrendering five runs through just 2.2 innings. FanGraphs' Jeff Zimmerman noted Ventura's velocity had fallen off of a cliff, explaining the ineffectiveness:
Here is the in game velocities from Gameday on Yordano Ventura: pic.twitter.com/uvP4cDhQw1— Jeff Zimmerman (@jeffwzimmerman) May 27, 2014
Yordano Ventura's fastball was recorded at 91 mph in that final at-bat.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) May 27, 2014
The baseball world has already lost Jose Fernandez, and if Ventura's injury is serious, it would be a crippling blow not only to the Royals, but also to fans in general. CBS Sports' Chris Towers put it simply:
Seriously, if Yordano Ventura is hurt, cancel the season. It's not worth it.— Chris Towers (@CTowersCBS) May 27, 2014
As Passan noted, however, it's still far too early to jump to any conclusions:
That said: When it comes to UCL injuries, they're never the same. Pain can manifest itself in one place from an injury in another.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 27, 2014
Still, this is enough to ruin almost anyone's Monday night. Ventura is one of the most exciting young players in the business, and hopefully Tuesday's MRI reveals some encouraging news.