Ventura (6-7) threw seven innings Sunday, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six, but came away with a no-decision in a 4-2 loss to the Tigers. It's his second straight quality start and ninth of the season as Ventura once again teases turning his year around. He's still got a 4.97 ERA though, so most fantasy players will want to see him string a couple more good outings together before considering him a reliable asset again, He'll try to keep his momentum going at home Saturday against the Rangers.
Ventura (ankle) started Friday versus the Mariners and allowed three runs on six hits and a walk across seven innings. He struck out five and suffered his seventh loss of the season. Ventura's last outing was cut short by an ankle issue, but he was able to deliver a quality start in his return against a tough Seattle lineup. He needed just 93 pitches to complete seven frames, throwing 55 for strikes, and he lowered his ERA to 5.15. Ventura's numbers glaringly reflect how disappointing his first half of the season has been, and he will look to build off of Friday's positivity in his next start after the All-Star break.
Ventura (ankle) tested out his ankle with a team trainer Wednesday afternoon and remains on course to start Friday, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports. Ventura sprained his ankle during his last start Sunday, but he was said to be "moving pretty good" during Wednesday's session. The team will likely wait until later in the week to make an announcement one way or the other, but as of now Ventura is on track to make his next scheduled start Friday at home against Seattle.
Ventura (ankle) played catch Monday, Joel Goldberg of FSKC reports. Afterward, manager Ned Yost was hopeful that the right-hander will be able to make his next start Friday against the Mariners. Ventura was removed from Sunday's start due to a right ankle sprain, which was sustained while attempting to avoid a tag on the basepaths. Prior to his departure, he put up another stinker, conceding four runs on four hits, including two homers, while striking out one. Yost also relayed Monday that Ventura will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis in anticipation of Friday's game.
Ventura was diagnosed with a right ankle sprain after exiting Sunday's start against the Phillies, Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice.com reports. Ventura hurt the ankle while trying to avoid a tag on the bases, and ended up exiting during the third inning after the pain became too much to bear. The right-hander's next start is lined up for Friday against the Mariners, so the Royals will have to monitor his condition over the next few days before determining if he'll be able to take the hill.