Ned Yost media session: DeJesus surgery update, Gordon in the outfield, Mr. 2,000
Under the knife
According to Yost, everything went well and without complications during David DeJesus’s thumb surgery this morning. The fact that the surgery is rather common and has a high success rate leaves Yost hopeful that the outfielder will return in the expected 10 weeks. Yost said he would like to get David back before the end of the year.
Pick a side
Yost also discussed Alex Gordon’s time in the outfield, saying that he plans on rotating Gordon between left and right for the time being. The manager’s aim is to further develop Gordon as an outfielder and to eventually determine which side of the field he fits in best.
Fans will witness Jason Kendall’s 2,000th career game behind the plate tonight, a feat just four other catchers have accomplished, none faster than the Royals’ backstop. Yost said the most remarkable aspect of Kendall is his durability, which is hard to argue with since the catcher plays nearly every day. As Yost has noted before, he also credits Kendall’s accomplishment to the catcher’s mindset, which Yost said is focused on a marathon.
Yost was also questioned about how his team will finish out its 20 games in 20 days, which began on July 16. He replied by saying “you just have to get through it…it is what it is.” Yost believes stretches like these are what makes the Major League Baseball season so tough.