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Yordano Ventura returns to KC to throw a side session in bullpen

Royals catcher Salvador Perez (left) talks with starting pitcher Yordano Ventura during the second inning on June 12 against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Ventura gave up two runs before leaving after the third inning, and the Cardinals won 4-0.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez (left) talks with starting pitcher Yordano Ventura during the second inning on June 12 against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Ventura gave up two runs before leaving after the third inning, and the Cardinals won 4-0. AP

Right-hander Yordano Ventura threw a 30-pitch side session in the Royals’ bullpen before Friday’s game against the Twins.

“He wanted to come back, and (pitching coach) Dave (Eiland) wanted to see him in a side (session),” Yost said.

After the session, Ventura said, “I feel good,” and added that he threw without any pain.

The plan still calls for Ventura to make one more rehab start with Triple-A Omaha before returning to the rotation.

Ventura is dealing with ulnar nerve irritation in his throwing elbow, which caused him to lose feeling in three of his fingers during a start in St. Louis on June 12. 

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