Ned Yost media session: September 16, 2013

Kansas City manager Ned Yost met with the media prior to tonight’s series opener with the Cleveland Indians.  Yost first talked of his decision to go with Jeremy Guthrie deep in the game in yesterday’s 3-2 loss to Detroit.  He was asked whether he second-guesses decisions he makes as a manager.  “Oh absolutely.  Sure I do, every night, it generally lasts all night.  You get those games like that and decisions that you second guess.  You’ll have decisions like that, and if you’ve got ten of them, nine times out of ten you’d probably do it the same way.  That was probably one of the ten that I wouldn’t.  You know it’s just one of those situations where you just make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Yost then discussed the anticipation level for the upcoming series as both the Royals and the Indians are fighting for playoff spots.  “You know its high, and it is exciting, and I think everybody is excited for this series.  We’re looking forward to it and we’re ready to see what happens.”  Going into tonight’s game the Indians are just 0.5 games back in the A.L. Wild Card race, while the Royals remain just 3.5 games back.

Yost concluded by discussing the decision to skip starting pitcher Danny Duffy’s scheduled start tomorrow.  “When Duff threw his last start here, on the second day after his start he started experiencing some mild tightness in his forearm.  We shut him down for the Detroit start as a precaution to it.  He was starting to feel better, but still felt that mild tightness, so we went and got an MRI and it’s a very mild flexor strain.  We’re going to use the utmost caution with him right now after coming back from Tommy John surgery be real, real cautious with it.”

The Royals and Indians begin the three game set tonight with both clubs in the hunt for October.  Cleveland leads the season series 9-7, but the Royals hold a 4-3 advantage at Kauffman Stadium.

By Henry Wear

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