Royals shut down Yordano Ventura with ulnar nerve condition

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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.

Buster Posey opts out of the 2020 season

Buster Posey has opted out
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San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”

Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured. Recently Posey said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.

In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.

A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.