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.
The Mets have acquired right-handed reliever Brooks Pounders from the Indians for cash considerations, the teams reported Saturday. Despite his limited and varied major-league experience, Pounders has put up intriguing numbers at the Triple-A level and is expected to step into a not-insignificant role with the Mets’ relief corps.
Pounders, 28, signed a minor-league deal with the Indians last December and pitched to a healthy 2.31 ERA, 2.8 BB/8, and 11.8 SO/9 over his first 35 innings in Cleveland’s farm system. He hasn’t taken the mound in a major-league setting since 2018, however, when he appeared in 14 games with the Rockies and labored through a much more unsightly 7.63 ERA, 1.2 BB/9, and 10.0 SO/9 across 15 1/3 frames. Still, his peripherals are promising, and there’s no question the Mets could use some help bolstering a bullpen that currently ranks eighth-worst in the league with a collective 5.31 ERA and 0.2 fWAR.
In subsequent roster moves, fellow righty Tyler Bashlor was sent back to Triple-A Syracuse for the second time this season, while Héctor Santiago was designated for assignment, Tim Peterson was optioned to Triple-A, and Chris Flexen was recalled from Triple-A. It’s been a less-than-ideal campaign for Bashlor so far this year: through 13 relief appearances for the club, he lost control of a bloated 5.23 ERA, 5.4 BB/9, and 9.3 SO/9 in 11 2/3 innings and had not been utilized in a game since June 2.