Ned Yost media session: July 28

Here’s what the manager had to say before Wednesday’s game:

On Victor Marte…

Having just sent Marte to AAA Omaha, Yost said the pitcher needs to work on his command. Yost does like Marte’s durability, however, which allows him to pitch consecutive days. The KC manager also mentioned Marte has good stuff, but just doesn’t change speeds enough yet.

On Wilson Betemit…

Yost thinks Betemit has done a nice job at third base, but also said first base is probably the player’s best position.

On the depth of a team…

According to Yost, championship teams essentially have two pitching staffs, which he claimed is what the Royals are working towards and is the team’s goal.

On preventing injuries…

Yost said there is no way to eliminate or limit injuries. However, he did say that he tries to use common sense and keep an eye on players before they break down. He said it’s important to know which players are prone to injuries and to give guys a day off when needed. Yost also pointed out that the club focuses a lot on hydration.

On Kyle Farnsworth…

To put it shortly, Farnsworth is feeling better and is ready to go today after exiting last night’s contest with a hamstring cramp.

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