Ned Yost media session: August 7, 2011

Prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Detroit Tigers, Royals skipper Ned Yost gave an update on outfielder Melky Cabrera, who left yesterday’s game due to ankle soreness.  Cabrera was diagnosed with a grade one ankle sprain, which is the least severe ankle sprain.  Yost mentioned the Royals will remain cautious with Cabrera, who is day-to-day with the injury.

“We don’t want to take a chance where it gets weak and he really sprains it, and then he’s got to miss two weeks,” Yost said.

With Cabrera out of the lineup, Johnny Giavotella will move into the second spot in the batting order.  Yost thinks Giavotella will be a great fit in the two-hole, and sees him batting there permanently at some point in the Royals future.

“I think Johnny [Giavotella] will eventually end up in the two-hole because he can do a lot of things.  He hits the ball well the other way,” Yost said.  “He can hit and run.  He’s a good situational guy.  He’s a guy that you want up in tough situations.”

The Royals manager also spoke about lefthander Danny Duffy, who took the loss yesterday for club.  Duffy threw five innings giving up just three runs, but was removed because of a high pitch count.  Yost mentioned the rookie starting pitcher needs to be more efficient with his pitches, something that may only come with experience.

“Danny’s got all the ingredients to be an outstanding pitcher in the American League.  He’s got great stuff.  He’s ultra-competitive, smart, and he plays with a lot of intensity.  He’s got everything that he needs,” Yost said.  “He just needs the experience now to go out and go through it and learn.  Experience takes time.”

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