Media session: Yost and Kenney named to A.L. All-Star staff

Royals’ manager, Ned Yost, and head trainer, Nick Kenney, will be a part of Ron Washington’s American League All-Star Staff! Today Yost and Kenney met with the media describing their excitement for this opportunity. This is Kenney’s 10th year in Major League baseball, so this news was a great surprise to him. “It means a great deal to me and to have the opportunity to work with these tremendous athletes is a great honor,” said Kenney. Kenney will be working with Lonnie Soloff during All-Star week. Soloff was head athletic trainer in Cleveland where Kenney worked underneath him and they also worked together as assistant athletic trainers in Cincinnati. Kenney said, “He is a great friend of mine and is one of my mentors, so having the opportunity to rekindle that relationship and work this game is pretty special to me.”

This will be Yost’s fifth year being a part of the All-Star game. “My fondest memories in baseball come from the All-Star games, you get to enjoy it with your family and it is just a tremendously enjoyable experience. I am extremely honored and excited to be a part of it,” said Yost. Having the All-Star game in Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium was already exciting, but now having a few more Royals in Yost and Kenney will make this year unforgettable.

Now back to baseball and tonight’s game. Jonathan Sanchez will be taking the mound against the Brewers in tonight’s second game of the three-game series. Sanchez is returning from his rehab assignment and was reinstated from the 15-day D.L. He has been out since early May with left biceps tendinitis. Yost said, “He is healthy. He feels good and strong and it is time for him to get back up here and get back after it again.”

Eric Hosmer has been moved back up to the middle of the batting order. “He is getting better and working through some things. We think he is swinging the bat better and I think this will be his spot. I like the way the lineup is set up now,” said Yost. Hosmer has had some times where he has been frustrated with his batting, but he is starting to improve and is helping the Royals get back on track.

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