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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Royals Injury Update: Yordano Ventura says 'shoulder is awesome'


By on 10/19/2014 03:00:00 PM

Following his exit in Game 3 of the ALCS with shoulder tightness, concerns began about Kansas City Royals starter Yordano Ventura's availability for the remainder of that series. Now that he has had extra rest, Ventura is a sure bet to pitch in the World Series, which begins Tuesday night.



MLB.com's Dick Kagel reports that Ventura is completely over the shoulder tightness. Ventura likely would have pitched to Baltimore again if the series had lasted six or seven games, and he has had no setbacks in preparing for another postseason start. Kagel quoted the flame-throwing right-hander discussing his excitement of pitching in the World Series and his fast recovery from the shoulder tightness. Said Ventura,
"I'm excited, Ned has a lot of confidence in me. I'll pitch it like a normal game and throw strikes. My shoulder is awesome right now."
In fact, Yost has already named Ventura his Game 2 starter.

Ventura left Game 3 with two outs in the sixth inning after throwing a 96-mph hour fastball to Baltimore's Caleb Joseph. Royals trainer Nick Kenney jogged to the mound, and manager Ned Yost immediately removed Ventura from the game.



Ventura did not plan to miss another start, and with the extra rest, he has no reason to miss now. Even that same night, Yost gave assurance that his pitcher was fine as Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star relayed.

Ventura will face San Francisco's Jake Peavy in Game 2 Wednesday night. The World Series begins Tuesday night with Kansas City's James Shields taking on the Giants' Madison Bumgarner.


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