Ned Yost media session: May 19
Salvador Perez was the first topic of discussion when Manager Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon. Yost said he took batting practice on the field for the first time yesterday, although he had been hitting in the cages for a while. Sal also caught his first bullpen session yesterday and was doing so during the media meeting as well. Yost said he is close to being ready to go and when he is they will send him down for a spring training type progression to get him on his way back up to the big league club in K.C. He said Sal is very ready to get going and it will be nice to have him back. Yost also said injured infielder Yuniesky Betancourt will most likely be headed out on a rehab assignment following the upcoming series in New York.
The media next brought up the Royals’ bullpen and who would be available tonight. Yost said that it would be all hands on deck and everyone would be available tonight to go out of the pen. Everett Teaford, who was originally slated to start tomorrow’s game, was going to also be available out of the pen tonight if absolutely needed. Both of those plans changed shortly after Yost’s media meeting, however. The Royals placed Teaford on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 18 with a lower abdominal strain. Therefore, he will not be available tonight or tomorrow and with the move they have recalled right hander Nate Adcock from Omaha to replace the injured Teaford. Adcock will be the starting pitcher tomorrow in the series finale with the Diamondbacks.