Ned Yost media session: April 30, 2014
With wind and possible rain in the forecast for the second time in as many nights, Royals starter Yordano Ventura will be expected to fight through the elements, as well as the Toronto Blue Jays potent lineup on Wednesday.
“I bet you we’ve had maybe three nice days since the season started where it’s been comfortable and nice and warm,” said Yost. “It’s difficult to hit on nights like last night. It’s really miserable, and it’s not going to be much better tonight.”
Yost doesn’t expect the cold and precipitation to be an issue for his 22-year-old right-hander, however.
“It was nasty and miserable in Baltimore the other day and he pitched eight great innings, so it’s not going to affect him,” said Yost. “(Toronto) is a really good fastball hitting team, so he’s going to have to have his change-up and his curve ball working tonight, and if he does, he’s going to be in good shape.”
According to Yost, Kansas City continues to hold out hope that an ailing Bruce Chen will be available to make his scheduled start on Saturday vs. Detroit.
“We’re going to wait and see how Bruce feels tomorrow before we start talking about any names or anything like that,” he said. “We’ve got some different scenarios.”
One of those scenarios is the left arm of Lompoc, Calif., native Danny Duffy, who is 1-1 in 8.1 innings of work out of the Royals’ bullpen in 2014.
“We could start Duffy if we don’t use him (today),” said Yost. “But we’re not going to jeopardize a game tonight for a game tomorrow.”
With Lorenzo Cain on the disabled list, Jarrod Dyson has seen an increase in playing time of late, and the 29-year-old outfielder has seized the opportunity, going 11-of-24 since the start of the team’s last road trip.
“He’s a much better player this year,” said Yost. “He’s really starting to understand what his abilities are and how to take advantage of his speed. He’s understanding that people pay to come in here and see him get on base, not fly out. He’s taking pitches, he’s working walks. He’s putting his bunts down and staying up the middle really, really well. He’s definitely made a lot of improvements this year from last year.”
By Kolby Paxton