Ned Yost met with the media before tonight’s game against the Angels. Like every team, there has been some injuries this season, some significant, with Royals players. Yost talked about his thoughts about the injuries. “You have guys that have certain body types that enable them to go 162 games. I mean knock on wood, but you know guys like (Alcides) Escobar, (Mike) Moustakas, (Eric) Hosmer, and (Jeff) Francoeur have never really had anything that slows them down, but then you get others who are really good players like Chris Getz, (Lorenzo) Cain and (Jarrod) Dyson that one or two things pop up every year. There is nothing you can really do to prevent it, it’s just their body types,” said Yost.
Last night, Angels’ player Kendrys Morales came up to pinch hit, who statistically is a much better hitter from the left side. The Royals pitcher at the time, Aaron Crow, has been good against both lefties and righties, but Yost made the decision to turn Morales around by bringing in lefty Tim Collins. Someone from the media asked the question, “When you are doing those match ups, how much do you gauge what that hitter does vs. what your pitcher can do?” Yost answered with, “I gauge everything. Those are tough because what made it worse for me was it was a 50/50 chance because I felt like Crow was throwing the ball good. Morales burned Crow in Anaheim in a game and from that point on, you think about so many things over the summer, but you make little mental notes as a manager.” He then followed with, “That was a mental note that I made that yes, Morales is a phenomenal hitter, he can hit homers from both sides, but he is a better hitter left-handed. Tim is getting righties out where they are only hitting .175 off him. You kind of add everything up and then you make your mind up and make the change. The thinking was absolutely right, but it just didn’t work out.”
Tonight is Armed Forces Night at Kauffman Stadium – we pay tribute to our Armed Forces in a special pregame tribute. For full details, visit royals.com/armedforcesday.
The first 20,000 fans will receive this camo cap courtesy of SportClips!
Tonight’s game (a 6:10 start) is not televised locally. If you can’t make it to The K, please tune in on your Royals Radio Network affiliate.
KC lineup vs Zack Greinke: Lough – CF, Escobar – SS, Gordon – LF, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Hosmer – 1B, Giavotella – 2B, Guthrie – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file):
Royals Trivia Note: KC’s highest run total against the Angels is 18 on August 10, 1996 at Angel Stadium. Johnny Damon led the way with seven RBI, including his first Major League grand slam.
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.
KC welcomes the Angels to Kauffman Stadium for the first time in 2012. Tonight’s game starts at 7:10 and will be on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network (reminder – no TV on Saturday; Sunday’s game was added as a telecast).
Here’s the Kansas City lineup:
Bourgeois – CF, Escobar – SS, Gordon – LF, Butler – DH, Perez – C, Moustakas – 3B, Francoeur – RF, Hosmer – 1B, Giavotella – 2B, Chen – LHP
and the game notes (PDF file): Game 144 vs. LAA
Royals Trivia Fact: The longest game between the Angels and Royals was on July 28, 1976 at Anaheim. KC won 3-2 in 15 innings.
The Royals kick off a nine-game homestand tonight. Here are the FOX Sports Kansas City channels for Dish Network subscribers:
Friday, Sept. 14: 445
Saturday, Sept. 15: no TV
Sunday, Sept. 16: 445 (recent addition to TV schedule)
Tuesday, Sept. 18: 443
Wednesday, Sept. 19: 445
Thursday, Sept. 20: 440
Friday, Sept. 21: 446
Saturday, Sept. 22: no TV
Sunday, Sept. 23: no TV
If you haven’t been to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, check it out! Bob Kendrick, President of the museum, took our minor league award winners on a tour of the facility today. We hope to see you at Futures Night this evening!!!
Tonight is Futures Night at Kauffman Stadium! Pitchers and Players of the Year from KC’s minor league affiliates will be honored in a special ceremony prior to the 7:10 game vs. the Angels. The group is also scheduled for an autograph session from 5:30 to 6:15 at Gate A near the Royals Hall of Fame.
Today, the honorees are making stops in the community. The first stop was the University of Kansas Hospital.