Yordano Ventura, one of four Royals suspended after an on-field incident with the White Sox on April 23, has decided to serve his seven-game suspension without an appeal.
Yordano Ventura announces that he will drop his appeal of his 7-game suspension & begin serving tonight. #Royals
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) April 30, 2015
Ventura will be eligible to return to the mound on May 8, when the Royals travel to Detroit to start a three-game series.
Due to an off-day on Monday, the Royals will not have to find a spot starter for Ventura during his suspension, and will use four starters until Ventura comes back.
Ventura has been through trouble with players of the opposing team. He got into an argument with the Angels’ Mike Trout on April 12, and he was ejected from a game against the A’s on April 18th after hitting Lawrie with a pitch. Ventura was suspended for his part in last Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl against the White Sox. Edinson Volquez (five games), Lorenzo Cain (two games), and Kelvin Herrera (two games) were also suspended for Kansas City, while Chris Sale (five games) and Jeff Samardzija (five games) were suspended for Chicago.
Ventura initially appealed the suspension, so he was able to start against the Indians on Wednesday. He allowed five runs on six hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings for the loss. He’ll miss one turn in the rotation and will be eligible to return for the start of a three-game series against the Tigers next Friday.
Ventura, 23, is 2-2 with a 4.94 ERA this season.