Ventura was slapped with the penalty for instigating a brawl against the White Sox by hitting Adam Eaton with a pitch and yelling at him afterward.
His decision will keep him sidelined until at least May 8, when he would be eligible to pitch in Detroit. Edinson Volquez, however, is scheduled to start that game.
Ventura did not perform well in his only start since the incident. He blew a lead Wednesday to Cleveland in giving up five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings and issuing a season-high four walks.
Ventura (2-2) surrendered five runs for the second time in his last three games Wednesday while walking more than two batters for the first time this season. He surrendered a three-run home run in the third inning and was charged with two of the Indians' three runs in the sixth inning, which gave Cleveland the lead for good.
Ventura owns a 4.94 ERA and 20:10 K:BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Indians again Monday.
Despite being involved in his third on-field incident in less than a month, teammates of
"He's a young kid," center fielder Lorenzo Cain said. "He was a little aggressive [Thursday], but at the same time, we're gonna back our teammates regardless. That's what we do. We're a family in here."
Ventura instigated a benches-clearing incident when he yelled profanity at Adam Eaton after Eaton hit a pitch back to Ventura during Thursday's contest.
After the game, manager Ned Yost said Ventura, 23, needs to do a better job of keeping his emotions in check.
"Yeah, that was our conversation after the game," Yost said. "You know, he's a young guy. I had trouble learning to control my emotions when I was young. It's something you have to continue to work on. He knows it. It just comes out. He's a competitive guy. He's going to work on controlling his emotions from here out."
Ventura was ejected from the game and he admitted afterward that he's had trouble dealing with his emotions during games.
"The last three outings my emotions have spilled over and gotten the better of me," he said. "I'm an emotional pitcher but I need to work on controlling my emotions. I want to do that. Moving forward I certainly want to avoid the way [things] have ended. I'll use the emotions to pitch and not go over the top."
A comebacker by
Ventura could be seen mouthing an expletive to Eaton, taking apparent umbridge with the comebacker or something that Eaton may have said on his way to first base. After the ruckus was finally settled, the umpires ejected Ventura along with outfielder
Ventura, who was ejected for the second time this season and is likely facing a lengthy suspension, finished the night with two earned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings along with eight strikeouts.
Sale threw 70 of his 99 pitches for strikes but managed to rack up just two strikeouts before being ejected. He also allowed two earned runs on nine hits and one walk in seven innings of work.
Play resumed in the top of the eighth inning with the two teams tied 2-2.
Lawrie has been surrounded by controversy after a hard slide into second base Friday injured the knee of Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. Both pitchers were ejected in their respective games.
Herrera, who is appealing his suspension according to the Kansas City Star, has tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in six appearances. Ventura's avoidance of his suspension keeps him in line to face Chris Sale Thursday.
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