Ventura has sprained ankle, expected to make next start

Kansas City Royals' Yordano Ventura during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, July 3, 2016 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

TORONTO (AP) – Kansas City right-hander Yordano Ventura has a Grade 1 sprain of his right ankle but is expected to make his next start, Friday against Seattle.

Ventura left in the third inning of Sunday’s 7-2 loss at Philadelphia. He was injured running the bases after collecting his second career base hit. Ventura lined a single to right but got hurt running to second on Alex Gordon’s double-play grounder.

Ventura stayed in to pitch the bottom half but left after a two-out homer by Cody Asche.

“We’re holding out hope that he’s going to be able to make his next start,” manager Ned Yost said before Monday’s game at Toronto. “We’ll see where he’s at tomorrow.”

Yost said Ventura will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday if he is able. A Grade 1 sprain is the least severe.

Ventura is 6-6 with a 5.26 ERA in 16 starts.

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