Ned Yost media session: July 7

Prior to Thursday’s 7:10 contest vs. the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium, Royals manager Ned Yost spoke with media about left fielder Alex Gordon’s improvements throughout the season. The skipper explained that Gordon’s adjustments on his swing during the off season have contributed to his approach at the plate, keeping his approach much more relaxed and his swing spending more time in the strike zone. The Royals manager has also been a big supporter of the “Final Vote for Gordon” social media campaign.

“I think Alex Gordon is extremely deserving,” Yost said. “More than anything I think it’s an opportunity to do something special with our fan base.”

Yost explained that the campaign provides positive incentives by connecting the fans with the Royals organization. With combined efforts during the social media campaign, the fans and the team build a relationship to make something happen. With rookie right-hander Aaron Crow selected as an American League All-Star Game representative, Yost boasts about his confidence in Crow.

“We have taken Aaron Crow up until this point and inserted him in points of the game against the toughest hitters that the opposition has…and he has handled it superbly,” Yost said.

It was announced by Yost that catcher Jason Kendall, who has been on the 60-day disabled list due to right shoulder surgery, has suffered another tear in his right shoulder and is scheduled for surgery next Wednesday, July 13.  Kendall is out for all of 2011.

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