Ventura leaves game with elbow discomfort

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (30) is checked out by a team trainer before being relieved in the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, May 26, 2014. Ventura gave up five runs in the first two innings. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (30) is checked out by a team trainer before being relieved in the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, May 26, 2014. Ventura gave up five runs in the first two innings. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Royals rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura has left Kansas City’s game against the Houston Astros with elbow discomfort.

Ventura departed after Jose Altuve fouled off a pitch in the third inning Monday night.

Manager Ned Yost and trainer Nick Kenney went to the mound and Ventura was led off without attempting another pitch. He was replaced by Michael Mariot.

Ventura will have a MRI Tuesday.

He faced 18 batters in 2 2-3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks.

Ventura, whose fastball routinely hits 100 mph, was 2-4 with a 3.45 ERA coming into the game.

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