Following days of dancing around the subject, manager Ned Yost at last revealed the Royals’ selection to replace Yordano Ventura on Saturday: Aaron Brooks, the 24-year-old right-hander.
The team chose Brooks over other options like Sugar Ray Marimon. Brooks posted a 3.12 ERA for Class AAA Omaha. He gave up six runs in a two-inning cameo with the big-league club in April.
"He’s been throwing good," Yost said. "A kid that’s not afraid. Throws strikes. Commands the ball. A simple decision."
The team still insists Ventura will only miss one start due to his elbow injury. He left his start on Monday with a valgus extension overload, which the team categorized as a minor discomfort. An MRI revealed no damage to Ventura’s ulnar collateral ligament.
Ventura played catch on Friday. Pitching coach Dave Eiland etched out a tentative schedule for the coming days: Ventura will throw a light bullpen session on Saturday, and his regularly scheduled session on Monday.
"He’s fine," Eiland said. "He feels fine."