Ned Yost media session: April 9, 2014
Royals relievers Donnie Joseph and Aaron Brooks were sent back to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday. The club activated Louis Coleman from the 15-day D.L. and recalled second baseman Johnny Giavotella from Omaha.
“Johnny is swinging the bat really well right now,” said manager Ned Yost. “It’s as simple as that. Johnny’s defense has improved and we’re looking for someone who’s swinging the bat. This is just going to be a little temporary fix until Omar gets back, but we were looking for some offense.”
According to Yost, Giavotella’s call-up was in no way related to the progress of Infante’s recovery from the sprained jaw and non-concussive head injury he suffered after being struck by a Heath Bell pitch.
“We just need some depth,” he said. “We couldn’t make the move until today. If we could have we would have made it yesterday. It takes away from our pitching depth, but we have an off day tomorrow, three in Minnesota, and then another off day, so we feel like we can work around that.”
Yost is hopeful that Infante can return in 3-4 days.
Mike Moustakas recorded his first hit of the season in his 22nd official at bat Tuesday night.
“He needed (the hit),” said Yost. “I’m not worried about Moose. His batting practices have been phenomenal the past few days, I mean, right back to where he was in spring training.”
Moustakas led Major League Baseball with 18 RBI during spring training, hitting .429 with four home runs.
“He wanted to really good off to a good start, maybe pressed a little bit, but that one hit takes a lot of weight off your shoulders, so I think Moose is going to be fine.”
By Kolby Paxton