Yordano Ventura Injury: Updates on Royals SP's Shoulder and Return

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2014

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Updates from Monday, Oct. 13

610 Sports Radio's Josh Vernier has the latest on Ventura:

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#Royals Yost says Yordano Ventura responded to his question of how he was feeling with, "Ned Yo, I'm ready."

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The Kansas City Royals might have to continue their postseason push without Yordano Ventura after the pitcher suffered a shoulder injury in his Game 2 start in the American League Championship Series.

The Royals made an official diagnosis:

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Report on @YordanoVentura: he left tonight's game with right shoulder tightness. #Royals

Jon Morosi of Fox Sports first reported the injury.

Eye on Baseball and Jesse Spector of The Sporting News had an update after the game:

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Yost says Ventura is likely to make his next start.

Jesse Spector @jessespector

Yost on Ventura: “He’s fine… Started to get a little tight. … He was all smiles at the end of the day.”

Another warning sign was his diminished velocity, as Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs pointed out:

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last time out, Yordano Ventura's fastball averaged 98.2 miles per hour. this time, 95.0 miles per hour and removed by manager and trainer

Ventura shut down the Los Angeles Angels in his only other start of the postseason, allowing just one run in seven innings to help the Royals win Game 2 of the American League Division Series. This is just a continuation of what he showcased all year long, tallying a 14-10 record with a 3.20 ERA in his first full season in the majors.

While James Shields is considered the team's ace thanks to his past success and experience, Ventura had the best ERA of all of Kansas City's qualified starters (Danny Duffy had a better mark but did not pitch enough innings). 

The Royals will hope this injury does not turn out to be serious in case he is needed later in the series or in the Fall Classic. Otherwise, the team will need more production out of Duffy, Jason Vargas and possibly Jeremy Guthrie.

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