Yost expects to hear from league on Ventura

Royals right-hander was ejected after hitting A's Lawrie with a pitch

Yost expects to hear from league on Ventura

KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost said he has not heard from Major League Baseball regarding the hit batter and subsequent ejection of his star right-hander Yordano Ventura on Saturday night.

But Yost expects to.

"Probably," Yost said. "We'll have to wait and see."

Ventura hit Oakland's Brett Lawrie with a pitch above the waist on Saturday night, likely in retaliation for the hard slide Lawrie performed Friday night that injured Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar.

The hit-by-pitch also came right after Oakland's Josh Reddick hit a home run.

Ventura ejected after HBP

Yost is hoping that Ventura learns from the sequence of events.

"He's got some learning to do," Yost said. "But you got to understand, he's a young guy. And I wouldn't say he's emotional, but he's got a real edge to him."

Ventura declined to comment about hitting Lawrie or about his ejection.

Right-hander Edinson Volquez, who lockers next to Ventura and has quickly become a mentor to him, said he didn't offer any advice to him on this issue.

"We talked about it a little while [Saturday night]," Volquez said. "But that's not something I'm going to give advice about. He's going to do what he's going to do anyway. He's his own guy.

"All I said is that the most important thing is for us to win games. That comes first. He's going to learn."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.