Ned Yost media session: May 18
The hot topic of discussion when the media met with Ned Yost was how there will be two Tommy John surgeries that will be taking place in the next two weeks, Danny Duffy and Blake Wood. Yost stated, “Once a player gets to the big leagues and then has Tommy John, his percentages of making it back are a lot higher than a minor leaguer having to go through Tommy John and never making it to the big leagues.” Yost said, “We look for both of these guys to come back to be as strong as they were or even strong than they were.”
The lineup had some new changes for the first game of the Arizona series. Tonight, Alcides Escobar will be the leadoff hitter for the Royals. “He has been swinging the bat well and getting on base,” said Yost. Yost also had another shift in the lineup, which involved Johnny Giavotella. “We decided to move Giavotella further down on the lineup to see if we could pick up some runs with his bat,” said Yost. Jarrod Dyson is getting a break tonight against the lefty Joe Saunders and will be back on the lineup tomorrow along with Eric Hosmer and Chris Getz.
Luis Mendoza will be the starting pitcher tonight for the Royals. He has had a couple good starts and a couple bad starts, but his last two outings have been very good. “On a given day pitchers go out and compete with what they have and the last two (times) he has been really good,” said Yost. Mendoza is now on a regular five-day rotation after he picked up for Duffy on Sunday.