Ned Yost Media Session: May 17, 2014
Manager Ned Yost decided to give Salvador Perez a day off on Saturday rather than Sunday. Yost said he generally likes to give Perez a day off during day games but said with James Shields pitching Sunday he wanted the pair together so Brett Hayes will start behind the plate tonight. With Perez absent from the lineup, Yost saw an opportunity to shuffle the lineup a bit and Alcides Escobar will move into the two-hole for the second time this season.
In injury related news, Wade Davis’ stiff neck is feeling much better after battling soreness for a few days. Yost said he hopes to use Davis if the situation arises. Bruce Chen threw off a mound for the first time since he landed on the disabled list with a bulging disk on May 2. Yost said it would be at least seven days before the left-hander would be sent on a rehab assignment.
Baltimore will be without manager Buck Showalter tonight as he attend his daughter’s graduation from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. Bench coach John Russell will serve as acting manager and Orioles Director of Player Development Brian Graham will serve as bench coach.
By Nate Rowan