Royals manager Ned Yost expressed confidence Monday that pitcher Yordano Ventura would make his scheduled start on Friday after suffering a sprained ankle Sunday in Philadelphia.
Ventura was diagnosed with a Grade 1 ankle sprain, Yost said, but he made great progress in the 24 hours after the injury.
“He felt better last night,” Yost said. “And he felt even better today. Again, we’re still looking at it. We’ll see where we’re at.
“We’re day to day with it. But if he continues to progress the way that he has to this point, we should be OK.”
Ventura allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings on Sunday, allowing a three-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the third, after attempting to pitch after rolling his ankle. Ventura is now 6-6 with a 5.26 ERA after Sunday’s performance, but for the moment, his spot in the Royals’ starting rotation does not appear in jeopardy.
“I could see positives out of his last couple starts,” Yost said. “Not so much yesterday, because there just wasn’t. He kind of fell back into the trap of trying to overpower fastballs to a hitter and (he) elevated a fastball up in the zone instead of staying within himself.
Yost added: “I kind of throw yesterday’s start out the window. But I’ve seen good signs.”