Ned Yost media session: July 21

Yost first discussed today’s lineup, which looks a little different than usual since Scott Podsednik, Jason Kendall, and David DeJesus have the day off.  Wilson Betemit will take over for Podsednik in left field, a move Yost is comfortable with because Betemit played the outfield position while with the Yankees and Dodgers, as well as during winter ball. In regards to Kendall having the day off, Yost said he would prefer not taking Kendall out on a day when Zack Greinke takes the mound, but he just had to do it because of the heat and point in the season.

The manager also talked about the importance of quality pitching, which he finds particularly critical in the quest for wins at Kauffman Stadium. Yost added that the Royals need to continue to develop its young pitchers as well as amass pitching talent. He also admitted that the club is struggling in Gil Meche and Luke Hochevar’s former starting positions.

Yost doesn’t expect Anthony Lerew to make his next scheduled start due to injuries received after being hit with a line drive in last night’s game. Additionally, Yost expects Rick Ankiel to return to the club this weekend while in New York.

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