Ned Yost media session: October 2
When manager Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon, the first topic involved the health status of Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. Hosmer injured his shoulder diving for a ball last Thursday in Detroit and Moustakas reinjured a groin strain that had bothered him earlier in the season last night sliding into second base. Yost was asked if either of them would be playing in the last two games of the season and for any other updates the Royals may have on the sophomores as they close out 2012. Yost said Hosmer took some swings in the batting cages yesterday and his shoulder was still bothering him some, therefore they are going to rest him and he is done for the season. He said, however, it is not a serious matter and if it was early in the season, he would probably just be on the 15-day Disabled List. He went on to say there is no need to risk further injury or worse pain with just two games remaining in the season. Yost said Moustakas is basically in the same position after reagrivating his groin injury last night. Yost said it is something that you cannot play through at this point in the season. If it was earlier in the season, however, he would probably only miss a few games, similar to when he injured the groin the first time.
The other question was about the “Triple Crown” and the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera. There have been 16 players in history to win baseball’s Triple Crown, but no one since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Cabrera enters the final two games of the regular season leading the A.L. in home runs with 44 (Texas’ Josh Hamilton-43), batting average at .329 (Los Angeles’ Mike Trout-.325) and RBI at 137 (Hamilton-127). Yost said it is a great feat and something that is extremely hard to do. He also said being the complete hitter is not something that is easily or often done, so it is fun to see. He said the next few days will be interesting to see what happens and it will be a very long time before something like this is seen again. He also said he gives a lot of credit to Cabrera for playing today after they clinched last night and even though the Triple Crown numbers are close. He was then asked about the A.L. MVP debate surrounding whether Cabrera should be the choice or Los Angeles’ Mike Trout. Yost said both players are phenomenal and very deserving of the award, but Cabrera should win the MVP award, especially if he also wins the Triple Crown. He finished by reiterating how great both players are and how amazing both their seasons have been, respectively.