KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As if Royals fans needed any more excitement for this week: Now they'll get a chance to see their top pitching prospect, Yordano Ventura, make his major-league debut Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium against the Indians.
Of course, the news comes with a bit of concern as well. Ventura is taking the place of left-hander Danny Duffy, who apparently has experienced tightness in his left arm over the past week. Duffy had an MRI on Monday and though results didn't show any structural damage, there was evidence of a flexor muscle strain.
"Pitchers can pitch with that (strain)," manager Ned Yost said. "But there's no reason to push it for a guy coming off Tommy John surgery."
In all likelihood, Duffy will be shut down for the season, though neither Duffy nor Yost is ready to make that assumption.
"Not yet," Yost said. "But there aren't many games left."Ventura arrives on the scene with as much anticipation and fanfare, if not more, than when Duffy made his big-league debut in...