Ned Yost media session: July 23
As the Royals prepared to go for their fourth consecutive win, manager Ned Yost updated the media on the injury status of shortstop Alcides Escobar and praised reliever Nate Adcock for his development of a secondary pitch.
Escobar left last night’s game in the sixth inning with a shin contusion following a hard slide by Tampa’s Sam Fuld. Yost explained that Escobar is fine and will start in tonight’s contest.
“He felt better today,” Yost said. “He’s still a little sore in the shin, but not to where it affects his movements.”
The skipper will give Escobar a day off on Sunday, which was already in the plans before last night’s injury. For the young shortstop, it will be his second start off (did not start on May 26 at Baltimore, but appeared in the game) in what will be the 101st game of the season.
Yost also commended long reliever Nate Adcock for his development and ability to perform even though he has not gotten a lot of opportunities lately. His Rule 5 right-hander has been working on sharpening his slider since the beginning of spring training.
“His slider at the beginning of the year was basically a cement mixer, one that just kind of spins but doesn’t really do much,” Yost said. “But now, he’s got some depth to it, he’s got a little bit of bite to it. He’s still working to command it, but he’s gotten a lot of swings and misses lately with that slider of his.”