Ned Yost media session: May 25

Ned Yost addressed the media this morning during his usual pre-game conference. Yost first discussed today’s lineup and the inclusion of catcher George Kottaras, who has seen increased playing time due to Salvador Perez‘ injury from the Houston series.  Yost responded, “Salvy’s still sore and Salvy’s going to be sore, and it was a quick turnaround between the night game and the day game, so we’re going to give Sal a break today and he’ll be back tomorrow.”

Yost then spoke about today’s starter, Jeremy Guthrie, and what he has done to prepare for today’s game following his rough outings. “He struggled with his arm slot a little bit, which affects his command…he’s worked really hard the last three or four days to be consistent with it and I think he’s going to have a good game.”

Following Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain’s phenomenal defensive plays last night Yost discussed their skill development in their young careers. Speaking about Escobar, “He’s a phenomenal defensive player and always has been since the moment we have seen him. He’ll make a great play like that and it has become expected because he is so good.” Yost then concluded by stating that Cain “is that type of player too, he glides to the ball, he gets to the ball, and he’s doing a nice job in center field. Both players have a great presence on the field.”

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