Ned Yost media session: May 22

Before Sunday’s rubber match against the St. Louis Cardinals, Royals manager Ned Yost spoke about the benefit of giving veteran centerfielder Melky Cabrera a day off before a travel day and also reflected on the impression rookie Eric Hosmer has made over his first two weeks in the big leagues.

Yost pointed out that he likes to be able to give an experienced player like Cabrera a day off when the Royals do not play the next day in an effort to gain two days of rest.

When asked about Hosmer, Yost said that his young first basemen looks comfortable hitting in the No. 3 spot in the batting order and noted that few players have the ingredients Hosmer possesses, which can allow him to be a special player for many years.

The skipper said Hosmer comes from a great family and is very mature, which has helped him become an everyday player at just 21 years of age. Yost also commended the veteran leadership that Jeff Francoeur, Jason Kendall and Cabrera bring to the roster, saying they have played a big part in helping out the younger players.

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