Ned Yost media session: June 5
Today’s roster move that sent pitcher Will Smith back down to Omaha and brought up lefty Ryan Verdugo was the first topic of discussion when Manager Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon. Yost said the move was made to get another fresh arm into the bullpen for a couple of days since Smith threw yesterday. He said it offers some extra protection in the bullpen. It was not anything Smith did or did not do while he was here. Yost said he knew going into last night that they would probably make this move today. He said they will have the extra guy [Verdugo] in the bullpen for the next couple of days and once they head on the road this weekend to Pittsburgh they will most likely swap him out for an extra position player. Yost did also say there is a chance to see Smith again in another start down the road, possibly on the 16th against the Cardinals when he may be needed to start again.
Yost said injured pitcher Everett Teaford and injured second baseman Chris Getz are both slated to head out tomorrow to Omaha on rehab assignments. Teaford is supposed to throw two innings and Getz should play five innings for the Storm Chasers Thursday.
The draft was the next big topic brought up by the media today. The Royals selected pitchers with their first three picks of the 2012 draft. They selected RHP Kyle Zimmer out of San Francisco with their first pick (5th overall), LHP Sam Selmon out of LSU with their second-round pick (66th overall), and LHP Colin Rodgers out of Parkview Baptist School in Baton Louge, LA with their third-round pick (100th overall). Yost said their target guy was Zimmer so they got what they wanted and they knew this draft was going to be an opportunity to stock-pile some pitchers and get some good young arms in the system so that is what they did. He said the Royals’ scouts have done and continue to do a tremendous job getting to know the kids on and off the diamond, player development is also excellent, and he is excited to get these kids signed and get them in the Royals’ system and headed towards Kansas City.
Interleague play and the possibility of Eric Hosmer seeing some playing time in right field was the last topic of discussion for Yost’s media session today. Yost said it is more than probable that Hos will see time in right field with the games coming up in National League parks and no designated hitter available. He said they will likely move Jeff Francoeur to center field and put Billy Butler at first base to make it all work. He said they have been preparing for this for a while so they will be ready for Interleague play. Yost said the National League is different and it is a different style of game, but it is not an extreme difference. He said both the American and National Leagues are unique and he feels the National League is more difficult because the strategy is way different, but they are both enjoyable to manage in.