Ned Yost Media Session: May 15
RAIN DELAY UPDATE: We are expecting to start the game at 7:10 p.m.
With his first day and win as Royals manager in the books, Ned Yost addressed the Kansas City media this afternoon. Yost was excited about the first 24 hours in Kansas City, stating that much of what he has been working on to this point was getting his staff organized and communicating his coaching philosophy to staff and players.
Yost was asked about his bullpen and how he plans on using it. He responded by saying that to this point the bullpen is still a little unsettled and that late inning roles tend to define themselves. Yost stated that he will consider using Royals closer Joakim Soria in four-out situations; but believes that closers are at their best when they are used for only three outs. Yost reaffirmed that everyone is starting with a clean slate; he approaches his bullpen under the mindset that everyone will be successful at their jobs and won’t change that thinking unless proven otherwise. When asked on situational use of late-inning arms, Yost said he doesn’t restrict himself to the conventional lefty-lefty or righty-righty matchups. Some situations will require going by the numbers and others will call Yost to go with his ‘gut’. Ultimately, Yost said he will manage each situation in order to win the ballgame and not just cover himself and go by the book.
Yost was also asked to comment on his role players and how he views the second base job. Yost said his primary concern is to find playing time for Kila Ka’aihue, Willie Bloomquist, Chris Getz, and Brayan Pena. Yost understands the difficulty of their roles on this team, but told them to always be prepared to perform when called upon. Yost also stated that infielder Mike Aviles’ hot bat will continue to find him in the lineup at second base.