Ned Yost media session: September 2

Prior to opening up a three game series vs. the Cleveland Indians with tonight’s 7:10 contest, Royals manager Ned Yost gave an update on right-handed starting pitcher Felipe Paulino. Paulino was scheduled to start Wednesday at Detroit but was scratched prior to the game due to back spasms. Paulino’s last appearance was on the road last Friday facing Cleveland, pitching 6.2 innings and taking a 2-1 loss to the Tribe. Yost confirmed that Paulino received an MRI today for further research into the issue.

“Nothing serious,” Yost said. “We will just see if it continues to get better and we’ll make a judgment tomorrow if he [Paulino] will make his next start (Monday in Oakland) or not.”

Tonight’s game is the Royals first back at home since finishing up a 10-game road trip against Toronto, Cleveland and Detroit, where the squad split the 10 contests. Yost commented on the outcome of the road trip praising his bullpen for their diligence throughout the season as well as pointing out improvements the Royals pen has made after encountering a few rough spots on the trip.

“Louey [Louis Coleman] got away from pitching with his fastball, he got back to pitching off his fastball yesterday and had success,” Yost said. “Soria [Joakim Soria] is right back to being the Jack that we know his last two times out and has been phenomenal.”

Yost went onto say that Soria and pitching coach Bob McClure have been working on some mechanical issues with the Royals manager reporting that Soria has improved getting down over his front foot allowing him to finish his pitches and get the pitches in the lower part of the strikezone.

“It gives him [Soria] the ability to use that good control,” Yost said.

After suffering a sprained finger from a home-plate collision on Wednesday’s contest at Detroit, catcher Salvador Perez is back in tonight’s lineup. The Royals skipper raved about Salvador’s knack for understanding and developing a good pitcher and catcher relationship since his call up with the Royals in early August.

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