Ventura day to day with tight lower back

Yost expects Royals righty to make final '16 start

Ventura day to day with tight lower back

DETROIT -- Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura left Saturday's 7-4 win over the Tigers after facing one hitter in the fifth inning because of what the Royals indicated was lower back tightness and spasms.

Royals manager Ned Yost said after the game that he didn't believe the injury was serious, and that he expected Ventura to make his final start of the season next weekend at Kauffman Stadium.

Ventura escapes bases-loaded jam

With the Royals trailing, 3-1, Ventura gave up a double to Justin Upton down the right-field line.

Moments later, Yost, trainer Nick Kenney, pitching coach Dave Eiland and catcher Salvador Perez all met on the mound. After a few moments of discussion, Ventura left with Kenney back to the dugout.

Ventura gave up three runs on 10 hits, struck out six and walked two in four-plus innings.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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