Ned Yost media session: July 19
Royals’ manager Ned Yost met with the media before today’s series finale vs. Seattle. Last night Billy Butler hit a walk-off to take the third game from the Mariners. Yost said, “He (Butler) has a plan and he knows what he wants to do when he goes up there. He’s not necessarily going up there trying to hit a home run, he’s trying to get on base, trying to create a rally, be a runner if you will. But he also has the ability where he can put the ball in the stands, he can drive the ball in the gaps, he can do a lot of different things for you. I always feel good in a tie game and Billy coming up in the ninth inning because eight times out of 10 it just seems like he’s going to get on base and we got a chance to win it right then and there. When he smoked that ball, I am expecting him to get single or a double and he put it in the stands, which was great. But he knows what he’s doing when he steps in the box and he has a plan and I appreciate that. A lot of hitters don’t do that; a lot of hitters will get up there and look for a pitch. He did a great job.”
Eric Hosmer was recently hitting in the three spot of the lineup and today he got moved down to the six spot. “He is battling through a lot of different things. Some of its mechanics, some of it’s a little bit of confidence, and some of it’s a little pressure that he is putting on himself to produce in that three hole. So we will take that away from him, put him down in the order a little bit and get him going,” said Yost. Yost believes that Hosmer eventually will be an All-Star hitter, but they just need to get him back into the swing of things.
Veteran catcher Jason Kendall was signed to a minor league contract and will be going to Double-A Northwest Arkansas today. He is scheduled to catch five innings tomorrow’s game at Springfield. “It is giving him an opportunity to see where he’s at. We like our two catchers that are here, but you know how quickly things can turn. The more depth you have down there, especially in terms of Major League experience is very valuable. He doesn’t know if he can do it. He feels good and has been working hard. He has taken his rehab to a point where he feels like he can play so he’s going to go give it a shot,” said Yost. He then followed with, “It is a huge value having a guy with his experience down there. It is good for everyone involved.”
Jeff Francoeur will be getting a day off and Lorenzo Cain will be roaming right field. “He (Cain) is a very solid right fielder. The thing we got to do right now is get Cain’s legs underneath him. His bat is so strong right now it is hard to get him out of the lineup,” said Yost.