On Wednesday afternoon, about 25 minutes south of Royals camp, the Chicago White Sox solidified one starter for the two club’s opening day matchup on April 6 at Kauffman Stadium. Kenny Williams, the club’s executive vice president, told reporters that Chris Sale would be held out of the opener because of a broken right foot, clearing the way for Jeff Samardzija to start in his place.
Which Royals pitcher will he face?
“We’ll see,” manager Ned Yost said.
Yost continues to play coy, even though the choice does not appear difficult. At this point, it would be stunning if Yordano Ventura does not receive the assignment. During Cactus League games, Yost has configured his rotation so that Danny Duffy follows Ventura, with Edinson Volquez, Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie slotted in the final three spots.
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Ventura twirled three scoreless innings on Wednesday against the Padres. He struck out three.
From The Star
1. That plan to use Erik Kratz as someone’s personal catcher? It’s been discarded, and the Royals will have to improvise ways to rest Salvador Perez.
2. Yordano Ventura, as we mentioned, wants to start on Opening Day.
3. Alex Gordon could take at-bats in a minor-league game by next week.
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