Ned Yost media session: September 14
When manager Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon he was asked about the health of Lorenzo Cain. Cain exited last night’s extra-inning loss to Minnesota in the 10th inning after straining his right hamstring trying to catch Alexi Casilla’s double. Yost said Cain was reevaluated and underwent an MRI today, but nothing is new other than what they suspected last night. It is unclear at this time how long Cain will be out of action.
With Jarrod Dyson already sidelined due to the inability to throw because of a strained lat muscle, the Royals were forced to make a move and bring up a centerfielder from the minors. The Royals recalled outfielder Jason Bourgeois from Triple-A Omaha to fill the void while Cain and Dyson are out. When Yost was asked why they decided on Bourgeois, he simply responded by saying it is because they need a centerfielder and a guy who has experience at that position. He went on to say they will probably platoon Bourgeois and David Lough in center and see how that goes.
The final question Yost was asked was why they did not choose to bring up Wil Myers and if they had considered bringing him up as the new centerfielder. Yost said they did not consider it because Omaha is in the playoffs right now and they are trying to advance and win a championship, plus they have (40-man) roster issues. He said it does not mean they have not thought about bringing Myers up, but right now it does not make much sense for the Royals to do it. He finished by saying winning a championship, especially at the Triple-A and Major League level, is very good for young players and very good experience. He went on to say winning a championship at any level, little league all the way up to the big leagues, is a very important experience.