Ryan Madson has been dealing with severe soreness in his pitching arm and has not pitched since August 22. Manager Ned Yost said, “he’s getting close (to full strength), we’re hoping to have him by this weekend. His shoulder is much much better, his elbow felt good yesterday, so he’s gonna go out to play catch today, and throw a side tomorrow, and we’ll determine where he is at”.
Jonny Gomes will make his debut for the Royals tonight in right field. Yost plans on using him in both right and left field as the Royals try to ease Alex Gordon back into the lineup. The Royals face six lefties in a row, and will use Gordon every other day during that span. After those six games Yost plans on starting Gordon every two games followed by a day off, and go from there to determine his routine for the rest of the regular season.
In preparing for another playoff push, the Royals have learned a lot from their experiences last season. One of the biggest differences with the Royals this year compared to last according to Yost is the team’s confidence. After having success last year and learning that they can compete with the best, the Royals have carried that momentum and intensity into this season, as they enter the last month of the regular season.
By Sal DeFeo
The Royals take on the Orioles today in the final showdown of their four-game series. Yordano Ventura will be on the mound for Kansas City, as he looks to improve his 8-7 record. Right-hander Chris Tillman is on the bump for Baltimore, posting a 9-8 record and 4.51 ERA this season.
After a rainy morning, manager Ned Yost said he thinks the weather will clear up and they will be able to get the game in. Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain have the day off today, meaning Kendrys Morales will be playing first and Jarrod Dyson will be in center.
At the conclusion of the game, the Royals will travel to Tampa Bay for the weekend, setting up a three-game set against the Rays. Edinson Volquez, Kris Medlen and Danny Duffy are the expected starters for those games.
By Eric Paulso
The Royals are back at Kauffman Stadium for a short four-game homestand against the Orioles. Kris Medlen will be making his first start since coming back from Tommy John surgery. Manager Ned Yost said he is excited to see Medlen back in a starting rotation and compared him to a Greg Maddux type of pitcher.
Alex Gordon made his first rehab start yesterday, hitting a home run in the fifth inning. Yost made it clear that he isn’t going to rush Gordon back into the big leagues. “I told Alex before he left that he needs to take make sure he is 100% before he comes back up,” Yost said. “There is no need right now for him to hurt himself again by coming back too early.”
By Eric Paulso
The Royals offense has seen a boost since acquired utility player Ben Zobrist in a trade with Oakland. Manager Ned Yost described Zobrist’s value as, “having three players in one,” given Zobrist’s ability to play the outfield, as well as second and third base. Zobrist has also helped the team by getting on-base quite frequently from both sides of the plate, which is part of the reason why Royals General Manager Dayton Moore was so interested in acquiring him, according to Yost. Having Zobrist and his ability to play multiple positions allows Yost to give players days off for rest and in case of injury, the Royals can plug in Zobrist to produce at any given position.
The Royals currently have the best record in the American League, which would give them home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Manager Yost said that winning the division is the main focus, but also noted the importance of home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Yost eluded to his, along with the A.L. players, effort in the All Star Game to earn home field for the A.L. in the World Series, illustrating the importance he puts on home field advantage.
By Sal DeFeo
Mike Sweeney will be the 26th player inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame prior to tonight’s game. has gotten to know Sweeney since taking over as the Royals skipper and described him as, “a phenomenal baseball player, but he’s a phenomenal human being too.”
Sweeney was extremely thankful and emotional to the entire Royals organization for selecting him to become the 26th member of the Royals Hall of Fame. Sweeney described the many adversities he overcame throughout his career to get to where he is today and credited his father as being his inspiration during the tough times. Some of those adversities included being told his chances of catching for the Royals were zero and that he should pack his bags lightly for Spring Training in 1998, having his father diagnosed with cancer, struggling his first couple of years in Rookie ball and many more. Sweeney told the media how he was willing to take less money in order to stay a Royal, even when the team was struggling and other teams like the Yankees were offering him much larger contracts. Finally, he described being inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame as one of the greatest day in his life.
Prior to Sweeney’s talk, Yost took to the podium for his regular media session. The main topic of discussion other than Sweeney was catcher Salvador Perez, who has sat out the past few games with a bruised wrist. He was cleared to play by the team doctors yesterday according to Yost, and will be starting in tonight’s game.
By Sal DeFeo
Royals’ All-Star relievers Wade Davis and Greg Holland were both roughed up in last night’s loss to the Angels. Manager Yost was not surprised by their performances, because he knows how tough it is to play in the Majors and everyone is human. Prior to the last two games, the Royals had won 111 straight games when holding a lead heading into the eighth inning. “Not one time in those 111 games was I ever really comfortable, cause I know you’re playing the best competition in the world,” Yost said regarding the streak.
According to Yost, Holland pitches a lot better when he has been pitching more often, compared to coming off multiple days of rest. Yost described this situation as similar to using a six-man rotation, where pitchers get too much rest and lose their sharpness and the command of their pitches.
On the injury front, catcher Salvador Perez has sat out the past few games with a bruised wrist. Perez will have his wrist looked at today by the team doctors to determine where he is at in his recovery, after which Yost will decide Salvy’s timetable for returning.
By Sal DeFeo
The Royals and Edinson Volquez are looking for their second-straight sweep tonight at ‘The K’. Kansas City has won five-straight and manager Ned Yost is extremely pleased with his team. “They come in everyday and take care of business,” Yost said. “I’ve never seen a group of guys who love to play baseball so much.”
Catcher Salvador Perez received an MRI on his wrist this morning and it came back clean. He will not be in the lineup tonight as a precautionary measure and is listed as day-to-day. “Salvy called me right after the MRI and asked if he was in the lineup,” said Yost. “We’re just being careful with him right now.”
Yordano Ventura made a solid start for Kansas City last night and the media asked Yost if new Royals ace Johnny Cueto was having a positive influence on the young righty. “Ventura, Cueto and Volquez talk all the time,” Yost said. “You can see them in the corner of the dugout watching each other on the mound. They critique and learn from one another. It’s really a great thing they have going.
By Eric Paulso
The Royals take on the Tigers in a three-game series starting tonight at Kauffman Stadium. Johnny Cueto will be making his first start as a Royal at “The K,” taking on Detroit’s Matt Boyd. Cueto will be looking to collect his first win in Royal Blue.
Alex Gordon took batting practice before today’s game and Ned Yost said he liked the way the ball was coming off his bat. He also said that batting practice has not been causing Gordon any pain and he will start working on lateral movement in the near future.
With a comfortable lead in the A.L. Central, Yost has been pleased that he can give his everyday players time off. “Last year, guys like Salvy (Perez) and (Lorenzo) Cain had to play every day, because the race was so tight,” Yost said. “Now, they can get a chance to rest up and be 100% for every game.”
By Eric Paulso
Today the Royals called up Paulo Orlando and optioned Cheslor Cuthbert to Triple-A Omaha. Prior to the start of August, Manager Yost and the rest of the coaching staff planned on having Orlando sent down for the first half of the month and then swap him with Cuthbert for the second half of the month to keep them both sharp. This plan became possible after the acquisition of Ben Zobrist from Oakland, who can play anywhere in the infield and corner outfield. “It just gives us more protection to start giving guys in the outfield breaks,” said Yost. Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas will be getting the day off today, as a result of this plan.
As of 10:30 a.m., Wade Davis’ availability for today is still unclear as Yost takes it day-by-day to see how Davis is feeling. Danny Duffy takes the mound today on ‘Star Wars Day at The K’, as the Royals go for a sweep of the White Sox. After struggling early on in the season, Duffy has won three of his last four decisions and Yost feels that, “he (Duffy) is back to where he was last year”.
By Sal DeFeo
The Royals are in town to start a 10-game homestand, after completing a 10-game stretch on the road. Manager Yost said he is glad to be back at ‘The K’. “It seems like it’s been a year since we’ve been back here.” It was a tough road trip for the Royals as they lost four of six, but added two games to their A.L. Central lead over the second place Twins and maintain the best record in the American League. Despite poor offensive performances during the road trip, Yost is optimistic that “at least four or five” of the Royals will get their bats going and continue to separate themselves in the American League.
The Royals currently have a 9.5 game lead on the Twins, but Yost knows there is still a lot of baseball to be played and no lead is safe at the point in the season. According to Yost, the Royals have been a good second-half team over the past two seasons and he is confident that his club will continue that trend and make another World Series push.
By: Sal DeFeo