Yordano Ventura has been scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday night against Minnesota, according to Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star. Manager Ned Yost indicated that Ventura felt some back tightness after his last start, and the club will skip his next turn as a precaution. Ventura is 10-9 with a 3.40 ERA this year in 25 starts, and is less than five innings away from reaching a professional career high in innings pitched.
Twenty-five year old right-hander Liam Hendriks will be summoned from Omaha to make the start for Ventura. Hendriks will face the team that originally signed him out of Australia, the Twins. Hendriks was acquired by the Royals on July 28 from the Blue Jays along with catcher Erik Kratz for third baseman Danny Valencia. In five starts for AAA Omaha, Hendriks had a 2.83 ERA and 35 strikeouts to 6 walks. He has a career 1.4 walks per nine innings in the minors, although he has nearly doubled that rate in his big league action. In 33 career Major League games spanning four seasons, Hendriks has a 6.06 ERA with 108 strikeouts in 169 1/3 innings pitched.
Ned Yost also indicated second baseman Omar Infante will miss the next few games with right shoulder inflammation. Christian Colon gets the start tonight.