Ned Yost media session: June 5, 2014
While first baseman Eric Hosmer is currently in a 7-for-48 (.156) slump over his last 11 games, Royals first baseman his struggles do not have his manager overly concerned.
“[Adam] Wainwright has two out pitches and he does a phenomenal job against lefties,” said Yost. “He’s just tough. It’s just one of those things where it’s timing a little bit, but when [Hosmer] gets it going, he’s got the capability to carry an offense.”
Yost doesn’t see much difference between the Hosmer of the past couple of weeks and the Hosmer of 2013.
“When he was at his hottest last year, it wasn’t much different than his swing right now,” he said.
Yordano Ventura will make his first start for Kansas City since departing with an elbow injury in the third inning of his last appearance vs. Houston on May 26. Yost said that his expectations for Ventura are unchanged.
“I expect him to go out and give his best effort,” said Yost. “To go out and do what he does.”
Ventura recorded the best April by a Royals rookie pitcher, however, he has not won since April 25 and has given up at least three earned runs in four of his last five starts.
By Kolby Paxton