Ned Yost media session: August 18
Today the lineup had some changes due to Chris Getz being placed on the Disabled List with a broken left thumb suffered last night. The media members were informed about the surgery performed on Getz. The recovery time is expected to be eight weeks. A full recovery is expected without disruption of offseason baseball activities. With that happening, Johnny Giavotella was brought up to play at second base. Ned Yost said, “I am anxious to see Johnny now having three-fourths of the year under his belt playing every day in Triple-A. He is going to get an extended look here at second base and we all know that Johnny can hit.” With Getz being the leadoff hitter last night there was a obviously a change atop today’s lineup. “The options today we had in the leadoff spot were (Jarrod) Dyson and (Lorenzo) Cain. When Cain is hot he can put a lot of runs on the board in a lot of different ways. He has been swinging the bat much better and he had a great night last night, so we chose to go with Cain in the leadoff spot today. We are just going to go day-to-day with the leadoff spot,” said Yost.
Billy Butler has been a big part of the Royals lineup all season. Last night he hit his 25th home run, extending his career high. Yost said, “Billy can hit. He knows everything that you need to know about a pitcher. He knows what the spin on a breaking ball looks like, how much two seam action is on it, he wants to know the speed differences between the change ups. A lot of it is instinct, but a lot of it is just pure baseball smarts and talent when he steps into that box. He knows what he is trying to do, what he is trying to accomplish every time he steps in there. There are times where he is going to get fooled, the greatest hitters in the game still make seven outs out of 10 at bats. He is as good as anybody I have ever seen as a Major League hitter.” He followed with, “He doesn’t get in slumps. He doesn’t go more than two or three games without getting a hit. I have seen him struggle for 12,15 at bats but not for long.”