Ned Yost media session: New look to the lineup, Duffy’s debut
Heading into Wednesday’s 7:10 contest against the Texas Rangers, Royals manager Ned Yost has approached the lineup a little differently for today’s game at Kauffman Stadium. With left-fielder Alex Gordon leading off, Yost comments that Gordon has excellent on-base percentage and placing the squad’s best hitters in front of designated hitter, Billy Butler, will create run-scoring opportunities for the Royals.
“Basically it’s just trying something a little different, get a different look, see if we can’t shake something up a little bit and score some runs,” Yost said.
Yost’s decision to move the lineup around was based off the Royals runs scored in the past two series vs. the Detroit Tigers, where they went 0-2 for the series, and the Cleveland Indians, where the squad went 0-3 for the series at Kauffman. The skipper raved about the starting left-hander tonight, Danny Duffy. Duffy has been called up from Triple-A Omaha and will be making his Major League debut tonight against the Texas Rangers. Yost remarks that the squad will have a slight edge over the opposition since the Rangers have yet to see Duffy take the mound.
“He’s [Duffy] got good stuff. He’s got three quality pitches… He’s got a real good breaking ball and a real good change-up. He’s got great make-up and those are the ingredients of being a good Major League pitcher,” Yost said.
When asked a question regarding starting pitchers Kyle Davies and Bruce Chen on the 15-day disabled list, Yost replied by saying Davies received a cortisone injection as of today and will rest for seven days. If Davies is pain free after the seven days then he will start a throwing program. The Royals manager is waiting for left-hander Chen to be pain free and start his throwing as well. With Davies on the disabled list, right-hander Nate Adcock will be expected to start this Saturday for the Royals’ 1:10 game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.