Results tagged ‘ Ned Yost ’
Royals’ All-Star relievers Wade Davis and Greg Holland were both roughed up in last night’s loss to the Angels. Manager Yost was not surprised by their performances, because he knows how tough it is to play in the Majors and everyone is human. Prior to the last two games, the Royals had won 111 straight games when holding a lead heading into the eighth inning. “Not one time in those 111 games was I ever really comfortable, cause I know you’re playing the best competition in the world,” Yost said regarding the streak.
According to Yost, Holland pitches a lot better when he has been pitching more often, compared to coming off multiple days of rest. Yost described this situation as similar to using a six-man rotation, where pitchers get too much rest and lose their sharpness and the command of their pitches.
On the injury front, catcher Salvador Perez has sat out the past few games with a bruised wrist. Perez will have his wrist looked at today by the team doctors to determine where he is at in his recovery, after which Yost will decide Salvy’s timetable for returning.
By Sal DeFeo
The Royals and Edinson Volquez are looking for their second-straight sweep tonight at ‘The K’. Kansas City has won five-straight and manager Ned Yost is extremely pleased with his team. “They come in everyday and take care of business,” Yost said. “I’ve never seen a group of guys who love to play baseball so much.”
Catcher Salvador Perez received an MRI on his wrist this morning and it came back clean. He will not be in the lineup tonight as a precautionary measure and is listed as day-to-day. “Salvy called me right after the MRI and asked if he was in the lineup,” said Yost. “We’re just being careful with him right now.”
Yordano Ventura made a solid start for Kansas City last night and the media asked Yost if new Royals ace Johnny Cueto was having a positive influence on the young righty. “Ventura, Cueto and Volquez talk all the time,” Yost said. “You can see them in the corner of the dugout watching each other on the mound. They critique and learn from one another. It’s really a great thing they have going.
By Eric Paulson
The Royals take on the Tigers in a three-game series starting tonight at Kauffman Stadium. Johnny Cueto will be making his first start as a Royal at “The K,” taking on Detroit’s Matt Boyd. Cueto will be looking to collect his first win in Royal Blue.
Alex Gordon took batting practice before today’s game and Ned Yost said he liked the way the ball was coming off his bat. He also said that batting practice has not been causing Gordon any pain and he will start working on lateral movement in the near future.
With a comfortable lead in the A.L. Central, Yost has been pleased that he can give his everyday players time off. “Last year, guys like Salvy (Perez) and (Lorenzo) Cain had to play every day, because the race was so tight,” Yost said. “Now, they can get a chance to rest up and be 100% for every game.”
By Eric Paulson
Today the Royals called up Paulo Orlando and optioned Cheslor Cuthbert to Triple-A Omaha. Prior to the start of August, Manager Yost and the rest of the coaching staff planned on having Orlando sent down for the first half of the month and then swap him with Cuthbert for the second half of the month to keep them both sharp. This plan became possible after the acquisition of Ben Zobrist from Oakland, who can play anywhere in the infield and corner outfield. “It just gives us more protection to start giving guys in the outfield breaks,” said Yost. Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas will be getting the day off today, as a result of this plan.
As of 10:30 a.m., Wade Davis’ availability for today is still unclear as Yost takes it day-by-day to see how Davis is feeling. Danny Duffy takes the mound today on ‘Star Wars Day at The K’, as the Royals go for a sweep of the White Sox. After struggling early on in the season, Duffy has won three of his last four decisions and Yost feels that, “he (Duffy) is back to where he was last year”.
By Sal DeFeo
The Royals are in town to start a 10-game homestand, after completing a 10-game stretch on the road. Manager Yost said he is glad to be back at ‘The K’. “It seems like it’s been a year since we’ve been back here.” It was a tough road trip for the Royals as they lost four of six, but added two games to their A.L. Central lead over the second place Twins and maintain the best record in the American League. Despite poor offensive performances during the road trip, Yost is optimistic that “at least four or five” of the Royals will get their bats going and continue to separate themselves in the American League.
The Royals currently have a 9.5 game lead on the Twins, but Yost knows there is still a lot of baseball to be played and no lead is safe at the point in the season. According to Yost, the Royals have been a good second-half team over the past two seasons and he is confident that his club will continue that trend and make another World Series push.
By: Sal DeFeo
Royals starter Jason Vargas was placed on the 15-day disabled list after he tore his left ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game. The Royals recalled Yordano Ventura, to take his place on the 25-man roster, one day after sending Ventura down to Triple-A Omaha. Manager Ned Yost made the decision to bring back Ventura because if he did not bring Ventura back today, “Ace” would have to stay in the Minors for 10 days. Yost also noted that the Royals needed a starter for Sunday and Ventura was their best option. Regarding Vargas’ injury, Yost said, “the report didn’t come back good, and he’s definitely going to have surgery” and most likely “Tommy John” surgery.
Despite losing Vargas in the second inning, the Royals bullpen picked up the void and scattered seven hits and one run across 7.2 innings, with 10 strikeouts, to get the win over the Pirates. Having a bullpen that can pitch nearly an entire game extremely effectively gives the Royals a “big advantage” over other teams in the league. “We’ve got guys who can come in the ball game and hold the ball game right there and give us a chance to score,” said Yost.
By: Sal DeFeo
Royals pitcher Yordano “Ace” Ventura was optioned to Triple-A Omaha and starter Jason Vargas was reinstated. Manager Ned Yost said that the move was influenced a lot by using Kris Medlen last night and the recent workload of the bullpen. According to Yost, the move will also be good for Ventura to get his confidence back with a few starts in Omaha to work on his command, “a lot of times it good for a player to take a step back, so they can take three or four steps forward,” said Yost.
The entire Royals organization including staff, players and front office all have confidence in Ventura that he will be ready to go after his stint in the minors is over. Manager Yost told the media that if we (the Royals) are going to make it back to the World Series this year he (Ventura) will be a big part of it. Ventura is scheduled to make his first start in Triple-A this Saturday.
Jason Vargas will start tonight for the first time since going on the disabled list five weeks ago. Vargy threw 90 pitches in his last rehab start, without any discomfort and should not be limited by a pitch count.
By: Sal DeFeo
Danny Duffy pitched a career-high 8.0 innings yesterday, giving the Royals bullpen a much needed day off according to Yost, as the Royals are just beginning a 17-game stretch without an off day. Duffy was able reach this achievement with the help of his defense, with many great plays by multiple players.
Five years ago the Royals and Pirates were both towards the bottom of the league in terms of wins, however now both are among the best in baseball. Yost sees many similarities between the two clubs from the defense and pitching quality, to how the teams bring up talent within the organization and develop players.
Also giving a boost to the Royals bullpen, Kris Medlen, was placed on the active roster today and will be available for the Pittsburgh series. Yost said that Medlen has worked hard to get back to the Majors after two Tommy John surgeries and has built up his arm strength to throw around 100 pitches if needed. He provide depth to the bullpen as a long reliever and could even see a spot start if injuries were to occur.
By: Sal DeFeo
General Manager Dayton Moore and Manager Ned Yost spoke with the media today regarding Yost’s contract extension for the 2016 season.
Moore mentioned the importance of getting the deal done before Spring Training, noting that both parties were comfortable with the deal. Moore said that Yost has done a terrific job, noting that he brought hope and optimism when he joined the club in 2010. He also talked about Yost believing in his coaches, letting them do their work, and that Yost works well with staff throughout the organization.
Yost dialed in for his portion of the call from a deer stand – he’s hunting today on ground owned by good friend and comedian Jeff Foxworthy. Yost, who is 60, was asked about the year-to-year status of his contract extensions. He plans to continue managing as long as he enjoys it, and success like the Royals had in 2014 makes that an easy decision. When asked if he is in offseason mode or season mode, Yost said that he is thinking about lineups, ready to see the players and fans at FanFest, and ready to get Spring Training started.
When asked about the Royals’ offseason, Moore talked about the defense remaining strong with the signing of Alex Rios. As for other agent additions, he mentioned that the Royals liked the way that Edinson Volquez was trending last year and that designated hitter Kendrys Morales blends in well as a switch hitter. Much of the success in 2015 is predicated on improvement from returning players, which includes Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez. Moore expects Omar Infante to return to his 2013 form. And as for Gordon’s return from offseason surgery, Moore said that the training staff expects him to be ready by Opening Day, though he may not be 100 percent going into Spring Training.
He also noted that the bullpen remained strong and could be even better with Luke Hochevar’s return, a full year of Jason Frasor and a bounce back year from Tim Collins.
Yost, who has been the Kansas City skipper since May 13, 2010, led the Royals to their first playoff appearance in 29 years and became the first manager in Major League history to win his first eight postseason games, capped with the American League title. The Royals took San Francisco to a seventh game in the 2014 World Series. Last year’s squad won 89 regular season games, the most by a Royals team since the club won 92 games in 1989.
Yost is 830-904 in 11 seasons as a Major League manager. His 830 career wins are tied for 73rd all-time with Fred Hutchinson (Detroit, St. Louis and Cincinnati) and rank seventh among active big league skippers. During the 2014 season, Yost became the longest tenured manager in Royals history, passing Dick Howser (770) on September 24. He is third on the franchise’s all-time win list with a 373-402 record, entering 2015 behind only Howser (404) and Whitey Herzog (410).