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Kelvin Herrera and Alex Rios have almost fully recovered from their chickenpox illness, and would be able to play tonight if needed. Yost plans on using each player as needed until they are completely healthy.
Alcides Escobar has been moved from the lead-off spot to ninth in the order, according to Yost, “we’ve been thinking about doing this ever since we got Zobrist, a tremendous on-base guy.” Ben Zobrist has an on-base percentage of .409 since joining the Royals, and will lead-off tonight for the Royals. Yost plans on moving Alex Gordon to the No. 2 spot in the order sometime in the near future.
Joba Chamberlain and Louis Coleman were brought up today from Triple-A Omaha to add more depth to the Royals bullpen. Coleman has been brought up many times with the Royals in the past and Yost knows he can help strengthen the Royals pen. Chamberlain spent two seasons with Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland in the Yankees organization when they won a World Series, which helped them build a good relationship, that Yost hopes will continue here in Kansas City.
By Sal DeFeo
The Royals host the White Sox for the final time this year in KC. As of last night, Kansas City is 31 games above .500 (82-51) and has a 13.0 game lead in the A.L. Central, the largest in all of baseball.
Manager Ned Yost said that Kelvin Herrera and Alex Rios, who came down with chickenpox last week, have both been cleared to play and both were at ‘The K’ working out this morning. Mike Moustakas is feeling better but will not be ready until he is around 90-95 percent back to normal.
Kris Medlen will be making his third start and 10th appearance for KC this season, after returning from his second Tommy John surgery. “We are looking at about 90-100 pitches for him tonight,” Yost said. “There is no need to put any (additional) stress on his arm.”
By Eric Paulson
Alcides Escobar will get tonight off, according to Manager Ned Yost it’s the first time this season Esky will get a game off without being injured. “He’s unique, he heals real fast, and if he gets dinged up it can take some guys a week to 10 days, and he’s back in three to four,” Yost said regarding Escobar’s ability to play for long stretches without rest, or through injuries. “It seems like his strength never gets zapped.” Given his “slow” offensive period, Yost felt it was a good time to give Escobar the night off.
In regards to the two players out with chickenpox, Alex Rios and Kelvin Herrera, both have seen improvements with their health. It has improved enough that Yost hopes to have them both work out at ‘The K’ tomorrow before the other players arrive. Given that chicken pox can be more severe for an adult, the Royals were lucky in that Herrera and Rios had a milder reaction to the virus than normal. According to Yost the rest of the players and staff are in the clear in terms of contracting the virus from the affected players.
By Sal DeFeo
The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has come to terms with right-handed pitcher Kelvin Herrera on a two-year deal, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Herrera, 25, put together an outstanding 2014 campaign, going 4-3 with a 1.41 ERA (11 ER in 70. IP) in 70 appearances. His ERA ranked fifth among Major League relievers last season, which included a streak of 31.0 consecutive scoreless innings from June 27 to September 16, the second-longest in the A.L. The righty did not allow a home run in 2014, extending his streak to 95.0 consecutive innings without surrendering a roundtripper, dating back to July 28, 2013. Herrera is 13-14 with a 2.56 ERA and 210 strikeouts in 214.2 innings in his big league career.
The signing of Herrera leaves the Royals with two unsigned arbitration-eligible players: pitcher Greg Holland and first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Tonight the Atlanta Braves come to Kansas City for the first time in club history. Before the matchup, Ned Yost met with reporters in the Royals dugout.
Yost worked under Bobby Cox, Atlanta’s retired and future Hall of Fame manager, from 1991-2002. Yost was asked how much he learned about being a manager from his Atlanta days and Bobby Cox. “Just about everything. You are a product of your environment growing up and growing up as a baseball coach, learning from Bobby Cox, a (future) Hall of Fame manager, you learned a lot.” Ned went on to say, “Spending 12 years with him gave me the ability to watch closely how he handled situations and the baseball team. I would say everything I have learned about managing has come from trial and error and from Bobby Cox.”
Other than questions about Ned’s Atlanta days, the skipper was asked about the Royals’ roster moves on Tuesday that sent Kelvin Herrera to Omaha and recalled reliever Will Smith. Yost had this to say about the move, “Kelvin had been struggling a bit and Will Smith has been throwing the ball really well down there (at Omaha). Smith gives us an extra lefty to use down there (in the bullpen) with Tim Collins and Bruce Chen. He will gives us a little more depth until Kelvin gets right again.”
On a beautiful afternoon at Kauffman Stadium, Ned Yost held his daily press conference in the Royals dugout. Kelvin Herrera returned to the mound for the Royals last night for the first time since being recalled from Omaha. He worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning. The manager was asked if it was nice to have him back to solidify the bullpen. “When he struggled a little bit, we sent him down and that kind of created a little bit of a hole down there. I have always thought when guys understand their roles and have roles they tend to perform more consistent. Not having him down there created some uncertainties to what everyone’s roles were. So having him back fills that hole, we hope. He looked really good last night,” said Yost.
Last night the offense produced four runs. The Royals are 17-5 when scoring at least four runs. Much was made of the shake up to the lineup and the skipper using some advice from the baseball operations statistical staff. Ned talked about how he creates his lineup on daily basis. “We sit down every day and talk about it. I get a lineup from the stat guys every day. I have never used it in its entirety but I use some of it. I consult with the coaches and we look at matchups and a few other things to construct our lineup. We use a bunch of different avenues to construct the lineup,” said the skipper.
Note: We’re short on time today – please check @Royals on Twitter for the lineup.
Kansas City skipper Ned Yost addressed the media this afternoon before the first game of a nine-game home-stand. He first discussed the return of Salvador Perez to the lineup, and what his presence means to the team. Yost stated, “He’s got a real energy about him when he plays the game. He plays with a lot of passion and plays with a lot of energy, plus he’s as good as there is behind the plate.”
Yost then chatted about the reaction of the players to George Brett’s presence as the Royals interim hitting coach. “It’s going to take some time, but he’s been absolutely awesome, we’ve seen little glimpses of improvement already…he’s putting them in a position for them to be successful.”
Yost concluded by addressing the recent roster moves involving Kelvin Herrera and the current rehab work of Jarrod Dyson. On Herrera, “We wanted to give Herrera a couple weeks, and we think he’s fine.” On Dyson, “We’re getting close, we’re going to go day-to-day with it, but we think he’s getting close. He brings an energy to his game and we need to get him back to being healthy and back to what he does best.”
World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced provisional rosters for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which will be held from March 2 – 19. Nine players from the Royals organization were named to the provisional squads, including six players on Kansas City’s 40-man roster.
The selections are as follows: Left-handed pitchers Bruce Chen (China) and Tim Collins (United States), right-handed pitchers Kelvin Herrera (Dominican Republic), Luis Mendoza (Mexico) and J.C. Sulbaran (The Netherlands), catcher Salvador Perez (Venezuela), infielders Irving Falu (Puerto Rico) and Miguel Tejada (Dominican Republic), and outfielder Paulo Orlando (Brazil). Chen, Collins, Falu, Herrera, Mendoza and Perez played for Kansas City in 2012. Tejada is a non-roster invitee to 2013 spring training, while Orlando and Sulbaran are both on the Double-A Northwest Arkansas roster. Chen will become the first Major Leaguer to represent China in the event.