Ned Yost media session: May 16, 2014
The Royals called up right-handed pitcher Casey Coleman from Triple-A Omaha prior to tonight’s game with the Baltimore Orioles as manager Ned Yost needed another arm out of the bullpen. Closer Greg Holland was the only pitcher left when last night’s game ended and had the game gone another inning, Yost said he would have had Danny Duffy pitch in relief, forcing the team to call up a starting pitcher for Saturday. The shortness of the Royals bullpen last night was due in part to the fact that Wade Davis had a stiff neck and was unavailable. Yost said Davis would play catch during batting practice today and see where he was at. To make room for Coleman, outfielder Justin Maxwell was designated for assignment.
Yost was asked, as the team is nearly a quarter done with the season, if he was satisfied with a .500 record at this point of 2014.
“You have to go back and look at what happened last year, if we could have stayed at .500 through this stretch we would have been in the playoffs because this team is going to get hot like it did last year and we’re going to get on a nice run,” Yost said. “To be at this point to be at .500 instead of nine games under .500, we’re in pretty shape because we all believe in our offense and we think we are going to put together a nice run and take off.”
By Nate Rowan
Fun facts about Casey Coleman:
He played for the Cubs from 2010-12 and is a third-generation player as father Joe and grandfather (also Joe) pitched in the Majors. The trio are the only three-generation family to all serve as pitchers.
The Royals now have two relievers named Coleman as Casey joins Louis.
He’s the first player in K.C. Royals history named Casey!