Royals starter Yordano Ventura left the field with a trainer with two outs in the sixth inning of ALCS Game 2 against the Orioles on Saturday night. He threw a fastball to Caleb Joseph, who fouled it back. Ventura then stepped off of the mound and was tended to by a trainer before making a quick exit.
It was not clear exactly why Ventura was taken out, but it’s obviously not a good sign for the Royals. Once there’s an update on his status, we’ll update you here. It’s worth noting that Ventura’s velocity was lower than usual.
Update (7:10 PM ET): Ventura was taken out due to tightness in his right shoulder, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko.
Brandon Finnegan relieved Ventura.
The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.
Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.
Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.