Yordano Ventura to make rehab start on Friday

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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.