|Royals' Ventura to make start in place of Duffy|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 16 September 2013 12:41|
Duffy has been experiencing some inflammation in his surgically repaired left elbow, and the Royals decided to give Ventura the start in a critical series with playoff implications.
The Royals were 3 1/2 games behind Texas in the AL wild-card standings entering Monday night's series opener against the Indians. Cleveland began the day a half-game back.
Ventura was 5-4 with a 3.74 ERA this season at Triple-A Omaha, helping the Storm Chasers win the Pacific Coast League championship. The hard-throwing right-hander also has pitched in the past two Futures Games during All-Star weekend.