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Yordano Ventura

Royals shut down Yordano Ventura with ulnar nerve condition


Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura, who exited Friday’s start after three innings with weakness in his right hand, has now been placed on the disabled list with what the team is calling an ulnar nerve condition.

Journeyman right-hander Yohan Pino will step into the rotation for Ventura, who had a 4.68 ERA and 54/21 K/BB ratio in 67 innings for an underwhelming follow-up to last season’s breakout.

Pino, who made his MLB debut for the Twins last season at age 30, has pitched well in limited action out of the Royals’ bullpen after a decade of starting in the minors.

No word yet on how long the Royals expect to be without Ventura, but “ulnar nerve condition” certainly doesn’t sound good.

It was a joke, not a trade: Cole Hamels’ nameplate gone from Phillies’ clubhouse

cole hamels getty

This morning Cole Hamels was scratched from his scheduled Friday start with a hamstring strain and this afternoon when the media entered the Phillies’ clubhouse they noticed that his nameplate and various belongings were gone from his locker.

That series of events–plus months of Hamels trade rumors–led to speculation that a trade may have happened, but instead it was just a joke by … well, no one is sure yet.

I hope it turns out general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did it.

Shaun Marcum designated for assignment by the Indians

Shaun Marcum

Two starts ago Shaun Marcum tossed seven shutout innings, but he failed to make it out of the third inning last time out and the Indians have designated the 33-year-old right-hander for assignment.

To replace him on the roster Cleveland called up journeyman right-hander Jeff Manship from Triple-A.

Marcum missed most of 2013 and all of 2014 with injuries. He had a decent 30/11 K/BB ratio in 35 innings for the Indians, but served up nine homers in seven outings. Never a hard thrower, his average fastball clocked in at just 85.3 miles per hour.