Royals fans breathlessly awaited the word of Yordano Ventura's MRI results following his elbow injury in last night'sAstros game. Ned Yost brushed off most concerns, and Eric Hosmer today reassured reporters the injury was not serious. Today, Dayton Moore addressed the injury on MLB Network.
Whew! That comes as a great relief. It doesn't sound like Ventura will even need to spend time on the disabled list.
But is anyone convinced we are hearing the end of this injury? Injuries have a way of lingering, especially when players try to come back too quickly. We all still have the memories of how the club handled Gil Meche fresh in our mind. Should the Royals perhaps be overly cautious in handling an elbow injury of this nature? Its not like Ventura is a junkballer here. His performance relies on his ability to test the limits of the human arm. He is going to be stressing that elbow out every time out.
Or are we overreacting? Pitchers seem to be going down in every organization no matter how cautious clubs are. Maybe there really is very little we can do to avoid injuries. So go out there, give 110% and let the chips fall where they may. GRIT IT OUT.
The Royals are supposed to be contenders by now, and with national media calling jobs into question, management is going to be under a lot of pressure to get Ventura out there to win games. Let's hope they're doing what's in the best interest of the club long-term, and not just looking to save their own hides.