Ned Yost media session: September 15
Before opening up a four-game series with tonight’s 7:10 contest vs. the Chicago White Sox, Royals manager Ned Yost was still raving about yesterday’s performance from starting pitcher Luke Hochevar despite fighting sickness throughout last night’s appearance. Yost praised Hochevar’s accomplishments for the 2011 season with what ended up being his final outing of 2011 during last night’s game against the Minnesota Twins.
“I feel, and the organization feels that he [Hochevar] has accomplished everything that we wanted him to accomplish this year,” Yost said. “He’s poised, he’s healthy, we feel like he’s turned the corner and we are really excited to see what he can accomplish next year.”
Yost commented that the decision to move Hochevar from the starting rotation during the end of the season was not based on possible call ups from Triple-A Omaha but more for Hochevar’s protection and health to rest up for the 2012 season.
“Finding starting pitching is the toughest thing to do at this level and we feel like we have a couple of really good ones with [Danny] Duffy and Hochevar,” Yost said. “We want to make sure we protect them and have them completely ready to compete next year.”
The Royals skipper has not made any final decisions on call ups as the season comes to an end. Yost explained that left-hander Everett Teaford is scheduled for two more spots, leaving three open dates; September 20th, 25th, and 27th, for starting pitching for the end of the season.