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Aaron Brooks will start in Yordano Ventura’s place for Royals

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."

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