Royals starter Yordano Ventura lasted only three innings in Friday night’s start against the Cardinals due to weakness in his right hand, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. It’s a vague description of the injury, so presumably we’ll learn more after the game. The right-hander gave up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two.
The first-place Royals don’t exactly have the most intimidating starting rotation, so if they were to lose Ventura for an extended period of time, one imagines they would become active in the trade market for a starting pitcher. Ventura hasn’t been having much success this year, owning a 4.68 ERA with a 54/21 K/BB ratio over 67 1/3 innings.
Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.
Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.
Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.