Royals starter Yordano Ventura is expected to make his final start of the season after tightness in his lower back forced him to exit his start Saturday after just four-plus innings.
With a day off Monday, Ventura’s next scheduled start would come Friday against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium.
Ventura’s back tightened up in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Royals’ 7-4 win over the Detroit Tigers, Royals manager Ned Yost said. Moments later, Ventura found himself in a long conversation with trainer Nick Kenney. The Royals opted to be cautious, but Yost downplayed the severity of the injury. After the game, Ventura told Yost he could make his next start.
“His back just got tight,” Yost said.
The injury surfaced just moments after Detroit’s Justin Upton doubled down the line past first baseman Kendrys Morales, who appeared to think the ball was going foul. Ventura allowed three runs in four-plus innings. He finished with 85 pitches.