Ned Yost media session: April 21
The lineup change was the first topic of discussion when Manager Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon. He said they just wanted to try to make some minor adjustments and shake things up a bit to get a different look and get some offense going. Yost went on to say every once in a while it is good to make an adjustment, especially when you are struggling. He said it could help some guys get going in the lineup and the Royals will see if it does in tonight’s game. Yost mainly credits moving Yuniesky Betancourt and Billy Butler up in the lineup to their hot hitting so far this season. The Royals want their hotter hitters earlier in the order so they will get on base and the others will drive them in. Yost said they began thinking about the changes after the game last night when they jotted a few lineup options out. They then made the decision this morning.
This afternoon the Royals placed pitcher Greg Holland on the 15-day disabled list with a left rib stress reaction. The MRI has shown there is some stress where the scapula is being forced downward and is making contact with the ribs, causing a bruise. As of this morning, the MRI was not showing a fracture, but they were planning to get a bone scan later this afternoon to make sure. The area had bothered Holland some during spring training, but had gone away until after his outing last night. Yost announced the Royals have recalled right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress from Omaha and he is expected to be in uniform tonight.
Yost said Jeffress has improved a lot from last year and he has tremendous stuff. He also said his command has also gotten a lot better and he could chew up a few innings at a time out of the bullpen. With the addition of Jeffress, Yost said Aaron Crow will most likely move into the eighth inning slot and they will mix and match the sixth and seventh.