“I’m not concerned it’s a ligament injury,” Royals manager Ned Yost said after Monday’s 9-2 loss to the Houston Astros. “The trainers were right on it, and they came two minutes later and said it’s the outside of the elbow, and that’s where my concern dropped way off.”
When pitchers are faced with the outlook of Tommy John surgery, the pain is usually on the inside part of the arm and below the elbow. While this is still a serious issue to contend with, the Royals are cautiously optimistic.
Yost went out to the mound in the third inning to visit with his rookie starting pitcher Yordano Ventura who was laboring through his start. With a 1-2 count on Jose Altuve, Ventura was pulled from the game.
This was Ventura’s tenth start of the season and he entered the game with a 2.80 ERA which was good for 10th best in the American League. He was averaging 9.22 strikeouts per game game, good for 7th best in the AL.
The Astros got on him with five runs in the first two innings on five hits and three walks.