Yordano Ventura leaves Opening Day start with thumb cramp, expected to be fine

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The Royals got a bit of a scare a little while ago, as right-hander Yordano Ventura exited his Opening Day start against the White Sox after going down in a heap after throwing a pitch in the seventh inning.

Fortunately, it turned out to not be a big deal. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star says that it was a right thumb cramp and the team trainer “does not consider it serious.” Crisis averted.

Ventura, who signed a five-year, $23 million extension with the Royals over the weekend, allowed one run (a solo homer by Jose Abreu) over six-plus innings before exiting. It was his first career Opening Day assignment.