Ned Yost media session: June 28, 2014
Ned Yost was asked about several topics today, including Omar Infante, the bullpen, Jarrod Dyson’s role and the work that the coaches put in as they prepare for each series.
Infante hit a big grand slam on Friday, the first of his career. Yost said that Infante is seeing the ball better and hitting better, too.
The bullpen put together 5.0 hitless innings on Friday, just the second time in franchise history that the pen has accomplished that (the first was in 2013). Yost noted that Michael Mariot did a great job of getting out of the inning with just one run allowed. Mariot, a former Nebraska Cornhusker, earned his first Major League win.
Jarrod Dyson is not playing on Saturday. Yost says that there is no concern with Dyson’s legs and that for now, Dyson is likely to be part of a platoon. He likes what Dyson can bring to the game as a late inning weapon off of the bench.
The final topic was scouting reports and how the coaches prepare for each series. Yost said that the coaching staff usually has a brief meeting (about 20 minutes) before the series begins. That meeting is a culmination of longs hours of work – usually six hours by each coach individually. He noted that Mike Jirschele and Dale Sveum are constantly looking at video – at this point, Jirschele is concentrating on the upcoming Twins series.