From beat writer Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star comes word that injured Royals starter Yordano Ventura is scheduled to make a minor league rehab appearance Friday at Triple-A Omaha.
The young right-hander will throw around 75 pitches and should then be allowed to return to the Royals’ starting rotation late next week against the Astros.
Ventura has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 13 with ulnar neuritis in his pitching hand.
The hard-throwing 24-year-old owns a somewhat disappointing 4.68 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 54/21 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings this season for the AL Central-leading Royals.
He posted a 3.20 ERA in 183 innings last season and became a household name in October.
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.
He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.
It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.
However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.