Ned Yost media session: August 14, 2013

The Royals’ skipper, Ned Yost, met with the media this morning prior to today’s series finale with the Miami Marlins.  Yost first addressed the many questions surrounding the health of several injured players.  He talked first of Mike Moustakas, who was spotted wearing a walking boot in the clubhouse.

“Everything’s possible, but not probable.  The boot is to take pressure off of his calf while he’s healing on it.  He’s feeling better, and we’re going to reevaluate probably tomorrow.  We’ll see where we’re at, but I don’t expect to see him on the DL.”

As the injuries begin to mount in the clubhouse towards a crucial point in the season, Yost was asked whether the team has began to get down or question why this was happening to them.   Yost firmly replied, “I’ve been through this many many times.  You have to be able to deal with really; you can’t sit back and complain about it or worry about.  We feel like we’ve got enough depth to cover it, and none of these injuries are long-term, knock on wood, there just little knick and dings that are going to keep guys out.”

With the absences of the gloves of injured third baseman Mike Moustakas and center fielder Lorenzo Cain many may expect a drop off in defense from the club, but Yost feels otherwise.  The skipper firmly believes that this club will not lose a beat defensively, especially with the recent addition of veteran infielder Jamey Carroll.

“When we built this club we built it around pitching and defense.  People that we brought in, getting (Chris) Getz back, getting Jamey Carroll back very solid, very heady defensive players.”

After last night’s 10 inning one-run ball game, Yost was asked what the depth of the Royals’ bullpen has meant to the club this season.  “I’ve got confidence in everybody we have down there.  From Crow, Hoch(evar), Kelvin Herrera, Timmy Collins, even Louie Coleman has done a great job for us.  I feel that everyone of those guys down there are capable of pitching in meaningful games in the 8th inning.”  The Royals’ bullpen has been one of the best in the league since the All-Star break, and during the current 17-4 stretch Royals’ relievers have only surrendered nine earned runs in 65.1 innings for just a 1.24 ERA.

The club is looking for their eighth straight series victory with a win today.  They head to Detroit tonight and begin a five-game set with the division-leading Tigers on Thursday.

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