Ventura good to go if Game 6 needed

Ventura good to go if Game 6 needed

KANSAS CITY -- Yordano Ventura, who exited Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Orioles after 5 2/3 innings with a stiff right shoulder, remains on track to start Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday if necessary.

Ventura threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon before Game 4, one day after playing catch without pain.

"It went great, normal, like always," Ventura said afterward. "No pain at all. I'm ready for whenever they tell me to get out there."

  Date   Recaps Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 10   KC 8, BAL 6 (10 inn.) video
Gm 2 Oct. 11   KC 6, BAL 4 video
Gm 3 Oct. 14   KC 2, BAL 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 15   KC 2, BAL 1 video

The Royals lead the ALCS, 3-0, and are one victory away from their first World Series appearance since 1985. Ventura will likely be tabbed to start Game 2 of the World Series next Wednesday if the Royals advance.

"Yordano was tremendous," pitching coach Dave Eiland said. "He could have pitched today. That's how good he looked. He was strong, and his delivery was there. His arm was easy, free and loose. There's no discomfort, so I'm very happy with what I saw today."

It's been an eventful postseason for the rookie.

Ventura allowed four runs on five hits during his most recent outing, against the Orioles last Saturday, and was charged with one run on five hits in seven innings against the Angels in the AL Division Series. He gave up a three-run homer to Oakland's Brandon Moss during a brief relief appearance during the AL Wild Card Game.

"I hope we don't get to Game 6, but if we get there, he's got it," Eiland said. "He's a great kid, and he wants to learn. He has great aptitude and great baseball acumen. He's very coachable and a fierce, fierce competitor."

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.