Ned Yost media session: June 7
Before Wednesday’s 7:10 contest vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, Royals manager Ned Yost spoke with the media about tonight’s starting lefty Danny Duffy and the squad’s young bullpen. Yost commended Duffy on his excellent ability to execute pitches and increased ability to command the ball.
“For young kids with good stuff, the lesson that they learn up here is that my stuff is good enough to compete and he [Duffy] is learning that… but it’s a process and he is learning to stay within himself,” Yost said.
The skipper commented on the Royals young bullpen, touching on left-handed reliever Tim Collins and his ability to work through adversity, like last night when he tossed an inning and allowed a two-run home run.
“You have to go through those bumps in order to learn and to get better… so the focus for him [Collins] is to command the baseball and you do that by staying within yourself… it’s a fine line for our young players before they understand and have success that I can just go out, be myself, command my composure, and be a pitcher,” Yost said.
Yost spoke about the progress that catcher Jason Kendall has been making since being placed on the 60-day disabled list.Kendall has been hitting and throwing everyday according to the Royals manager and has progressed since then. There is no timetable yet on a rehab assignment, but it is getting closer.