The Royals breathed a public sigh of relief on Tuesday afternoon when they announced Yordano Ventura’s MRI on his injured right elbow showed no damage to his ulnar collateral ligament. He will miss at least one start, but manager Ned Yost appeared heartened by the prognosis.
The official diagnosis was a “mild valgus extension overload,” which occurs when the bones inside the elbow collide during the delivery of a fastball.
“He’s completely asymptomatic this morning,” Yost said. “Which means: He doesn’t feel a thing.”
Ventura left in the third inning of Monday’s game. He complained of his discomfort on the outside portion of his elbow. The UCL, the ligament repaired by Tommy John surgery, resides in the inner part of the elbow.
Ventura underwent an MRI on Tuesday morning. He passed stress tests and strength tests on the joint. The team has not yet decided who will replace him in his next outing.