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Bryan for Brian
Yost said Bryan Bullington looked good in his start against the Angels last Tuesday and he’s going to give the pitcher another shot tomorrow against the Yankees. He explained how the next six weeks are about opportunities anyway, so letting Bullington fill in for Brian Bannister is consistent with the plan. Yost added that he liked how Bullington kept the team in the game against Anaheim and gave the Royals a chance to win, as well as how the right-hander kept the ball down and attacked hitters.
A work in progress
Yost also discussed similarities and differences between Gregor Blanco and Scott Podsednik, saying the two are comparable hitters, though Blanco bunts better. When it comes to batting leadoff, however, Yost believes Podsednik is as pure as they come while Blanco still needs to be molded a bit. Yost is looking forward to Blanco’s development in this position because he thinks it is fun to take guys with Blanco’s type of ability and help turn them into good leadoff hitters.
What a relief!
Last night’s one-run game was made even closer due to a pair of Royals errors and some other mistakes that could have resulted in errors. Yost expressed his disapproval, saying teams can’t give four or five outs to anyone and expect to survive, though the Royals somehow managed to do so last night. He added that errors are part of the game–it’s how you cover them that’s important, and he was very satisfied with how Blake Wood and Joakim Soria did just that.
ATH just stopped by the mail room, where we noticed Joakim Soria’s duffle bag had arrived back from the All-Star Game. Soria leads the Majors with 25 saves and has converted 18 straight chances! He has held opponents to three earned runs over his last 22.0 innings for a 1.23 ERA. Kansas City hosts Oakland tonight at 7:10. It’s Buck Night plus Fireworks Friday!
Georgia on my mind
Yost thinks it will be fun to play in Atlanta and looks forward to seeing his former boss, Bobby Cox. Yost spoke very highly of the Braves manager, saying that Cox is a very special person who doesn’t really even compare to anyone else.
Hey now, you’re an all-star
Having been to four All-Star games himself, Yost thinks the 2012 All-Star game will be a wonderful time that all of Kansas City can enjoy. He believes that a top-notch ballpark like Kauffman will without a doubt be the perfect venue for such a once in a lifetime experience–both for the spectators and the players.
Get your roll on
Yost also discussed the bullpen’s improvements, which he credits to the players’ confidence in and understanding of their rolls. He is especially pleased with Kyle Farnsworth who has pitched “spectacular” and has been on a “real nice run.” Yost would, however, like to get Joakim Soria in more games.
Hurt so good
Gil Meche is making progress and threw 10-15 pitches off the mound for the first time since being put on the DL due to bursitis in his pitching shoulder. Additionally, Luke Hochevar, who was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to June 12, feels much better and was symptom free yesterday.
Let the good times roll…
Ned Yost is excited about the positivity felt in the clubhouse since becoming the Royals manager. His goal is to get his players to play relaxed and stay on an even keel, stating it is necessary to temper the high points and reinforce confidence during the low points throughout the season.
On the mend…
Yost touched on two key pieces of the Royals’ roster currently on the disabled list; centerfielder Rick Ankiel and left-handed reliever John Parrish. Neither player has a firm date to return to the active roster, but Yost is encouraged by both players’ progress. Ankiel is continuing light work and Parrish threw off flat ground yesterday stretching his arm out to 105 ft.
What a relief!!!
Yost mentioned several of his bullpen hurlers this afternoon; including Robinson Tejeda, Blake Wood, and Joakim Soria. Yost has been extremely impressed by recent call up Blake Wood, specifically citing the efficiency of his pitches. Yost would like to get Tejeda in for a low pressure outing, but isn’t afraid use him immediately if the situation calls for it. Yost finished by saying that closer Joakim Soria will get an inning today after not seeing action in four straight games.
RAIN DELAY UPDATE: We are expecting to start the game at 7:10 p.m.
With his first day and win as Royals manager in the books, Ned Yost addressed the Kansas City media this afternoon. Yost was excited about the first 24 hours in Kansas City, stating that much of what he has been working on to this point was getting his staff organized and communicating his coaching philosophy to staff and players.
Yost was asked about his bullpen and how he plans on using it. He responded by saying that to this point the bullpen is still a little unsettled and that late inning roles tend to define themselves. Yost stated that he will consider using Royals closer Joakim Soria in four-out situations; but believes that closers are at their best when they are used for only three outs. Yost reaffirmed that everyone is starting with a clean slate; he approaches his bullpen under the mindset that everyone will be successful at their jobs and won’t change that thinking unless proven otherwise. When asked on situational use of late-inning arms, Yost said he doesn’t restrict himself to the conventional lefty-lefty or righty-righty matchups. Some situations will require going by the numbers and others will call Yost to go with his ‘gut’. Ultimately, Yost said he will manage each situation in order to win the ballgame and not just cover himself and go by the book.
Yost was also asked to comment on his role players and how he views the second base job. Yost said his primary concern is to find playing time for Kila Ka’aihue, Willie Bloomquist, Chris Getz, and Brayan Pena. Yost understands the difficulty of their roles on this team, but told them to always be prepared to perform when called upon. Yost also stated that infielder Mike Aviles’ hot bat will continue to find him in the lineup at second base.
The Kansas City Royals have returned home after an extended road trip and are looking to turn things around. When manager Trey Hillman addressed the media, he stated he expects better baseball out of his club during the homestand.
Hillman also commented on the state of his bullpen. Hillman said that the bullpen has been doing a poor job of getting to Royals’ closer Joakim Soria for the ninth inning. Hillman believes the key is too many walks from his relievers; whether it is a mechanical issue or out of fear, Hillman wants to see more competitiveness in the strike zone.
However, Hillman has been impressed by recent success of reliever Robinson Tejeda, who has not given up an earned run in his last seven appearances. Hillman credits the work by pitching coach Bob McClure in working with Tejeda to speed up his lower half, allowing his arm to catch up to his pitching motion.
Hillman also spoke briefly on the recent Royals’ call up, infielder Mike Aviles. Hillman said that as long as Aviles continues to swing the bat well, he will find his way into the lineup. Hillman continued by saying that he sees Aviles’ immediate future at second base due to the early production by shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here is one of our favorite pictures from last year’s opening of the Royals Hall of Fame. Hall of Famer George Brett and Kevin Uhlich, Royals’ Senior Vice President-Business Operations, are taking a look at the giant number ‘5’. 3,154 baseballs are in the display – one for every hit in Brett’s career.
If you haven’t been to the Royals Hall of Fame, we suggest going before a game. If you toured the RHOF last year, it’s time to go back! The RHOF staff is continuously updating the exhibits. For example, Joakim Soria recently set the record for saves by a Mexican-born pitcher. His hat from that game was on display a few days later!
Joakim Soria notched his 94th career save today, making him the all-time saves leader among Mexican-born pitchers. The record was previously held by Aurelio Lopez, who debuted for the Royals in 1974. Lopez then pitched for the Cardinals in 1978. He recorded his first save in 1979 on his way to 21 that season with the Detroit Tigers. Lopez had 85 saves with Detroit (1979-85) and 8 with Houston (1986-87).
Fields to undergo surgery
Manager Trey Hillman told the media that infielder Josh Fields will undergo right labral hip surgery. He is likely out for the season at this point. The surgery will be performed by the same hip specialist that handled the surgeries for Alex Gordon and Alex Rodriguez.
Rick Ankiel left last night’s game with a slight pull of the right quad. Mitch Maier is in the lineup today and Ankiel is “probable” for a potential pinch hit appearance. The injury is considered day-to-day and not serious enough to send the outfielder to the D.L.
Second baseman Chris Getz is doing well and will start a rehab assignment on Monday in Omaha. The plan is for Getz to play three to four games with the O-Royals before returning to the Major League squad. He is eligible to return from the D.L. on Friday.
Joakim Soria pitched a season high 2.0 innings last night. His availability for Sunday’s game depends on the situation.
Josh Rupe worked out of a bases-loaded situation last night, then worked another scoreless frame. Hillman is pleased with Rupe’s progress and his aggressiveness on the mound.