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Although Yost is quite aware that Chicago is playing excellent baseball and has won 11 of its last 12 games, he said he doesn’t view any team as more or less of a challenge. He added that the Royals think they’re playing pretty good as well, so tonight’s contest should just be a chance to compete against a hot team.
The bullpen is continuing to do a nice job without suffering any major setbacks. Yost believes the success is in large part due to the relievers knowing their roles and knowing at what point they may enter the game, which helps them get mentally prepared. Since Yost has taken over as manager, relievers have thrown off a mound every day instead of just playing catch or throwing off flat ground. Yost believes making the change was a no-brainer because the pitchers can now practice their craft everyday and work on their mechanics and control in a game-like situation. He believes Robinson Tejeda’s success is a prime example of the positive results the change was meant to yield. Yost added that the players don’t overexert themselves, but rather just get loose for the game.
Yost likes what he sees when it comes to Anthony Lerew’s ability to command his changeup and keep hitters off balance. He also likes Lerew’s ability to go deep into games and keep the team in contests.
For tonight’s game, Yost is expecting Mark Buehrle to not mess around and come right at hitters. Yost said Buehrle is a true pitcher who has a great tempo and allows his teammates to work by not trying to strike every batter out. Yost believes the key for the Royals is to be patiently aggressive, meaning he wants players to wait for their pitch and jump all over it when it comes. Also, he wants his players to maintain their own rhythm rather than letting the speedy Buehrle dictate it for them.
The word on Bruce
Yost believes today’s starting pitcher Bruce Chen has done a nice job in 2010 thus far. Chen’s secret to success hasn’t just been his command, but also the way he keeps hitters off balance and changes speeds and eye levels. Yost argues that there’s a difference between someone who stands on the mound and throws and someone who is a pitcher, and he believes Chen is definitely the latter.
A work in progress
Although Yost worked for the organization before taking over the manager position, he said it still takes time, a couple weeks to a month, to get to know players on a personal level and figure out what makes them tick. He said he has tried to really study and watch players in order to find out what they focus on and don’t focus on. In general, Yost takes a mixed approach when it comes to treatment of his players. He claimed that while most rules apply to everyone, he still tries to treat everyone as individuals. The main rule he is concerned with is simply maintaining a high standard of play. The manager expects everyone to give all they have each day.
Feeling at home
Yost had nothing but positive things to say about his experience with the Royals. He thinks he has a great group of players who have the desire to win, and he is also very fond of Kansas City and Kauffman Stadium.
Take it from media relations intern Hillary who was dripping after two minutes into this interview…it’s hot! Yost said that unlike the old days when he was a player, the team is taking valuable precautions to stay healthy in this summer heat, such as by eating right and staying hydrated. In particular, Yost is helping catcher Jason Kendall take special precautions by giving him a day’s rest. Though Kendall nearly always wants to play, Yost is keeping the big picture in mind so that Kendall will be strong and healthy late in the season. Members of the media asked when Jose Guillen might have a day off, but Yost responded that he doesn’t want to remove Guillen from the lineup because he is currently on a 19-game hitting streak, the longest of his career.
With Kendall out of today’s lineup, second baseman Mike Aviles will move into the two-hole. Yost knows that there is a lot more to a successful two-hole hitter than what shows up in the box score. Rather than only looking at hits, the manager looks for someone who can move runners and hit ground balls when needed.
Tonight’s pregame included Ned Yost presenting Billy Butler and Luke Hochevar with their awards as Kansas City’s Player and Pitcher of the Month for May. Butler batted .355 and finished tied for fourth in the majors with 39 hits. Hochevar led the club with three wins, including a complete game on May 20 at Cleveland. Congrats to Billy and Luke!
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.
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The top news during today’s interview concerned recent changes to the roster. Yost announced that Luke Hochevar will be placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 12, due to a right elbow sprain. Anthony Lerew arrived from Omaha earlier today to take over Hochevar’s starting spot in tomorrow’s contest. In order to make room for Lerew on KC’s 40-man roster, John Parrish was released. Yost hopes that Hochevar will only miss two starts.
Lerew then provided the media with a few words, mainly saying that he was surprised and happy to get the call, and he will be looking to beat hitters with his change, slider, and fastball.
Finally, Hochevar discussed his injury with the media. The grade one sprain was discovered after having an MRI on Monday. Hochevar said he felt tight this past Friday at Cincinnati, but really didn’t have any pain. He added that he is keeping the long-term in mind, so he won’t push it so far that he causes serious damage. Hochevar’s focus is now on being serious about his rehab, which will include a lot of ice and stim, a shoulder program, and forearm strengthening.
Out of his league
After returning from Cincinnati, Yost said he “kinda enjoys” the National League style because it’s different and more people get involved, but he also acknowledged that it’s always nice to come home. Yost also pointed out that he has really enjoyed the AL so far.
Out of his mind
Billy Butler’s hitting was another topic of discussion. Yost claimed he was never concerned about Butler at the plate, saying all players go through ups and downs. Yost credits Butler’s recent offensive success to a mindset adjustment, specifically a right-center mindset because that’s where Butler hits best.
Out of commission
Gil Meche played catch this afternoon, and while Yost hasn’t been able to sit down and discuss future plans with the pitcher, he said Meche is feeling much better and is definitely turning the corner. Yost also noted that Rick Ankiel is doing fine, but John Parrish felt something in his shoulder the other day during a game with Omaha and he is now back in Kansas City with the club after having been returned from his rehab assignment. Parrish remains on the D.L.
According to Yost, Zack Greinke has been pressing too much and has been trying to be perfect every pitch, which was especially evident in Greinke’s last outing. Yost believes the pitcher needs to stay within himself and not force his pitches, like Luke Hochevar did last night when he softened up instead of muscling up. Yost told Greinke to focus on controlling what he can control and just take a half step back and let his stuff work.
Forget about it
After allowing three runs on three hits last night, there were some concerns regarding Blake Wood and his ability to bounce back. Yost, however, has no doubts. He believes Wood has incredible poise and won’t be affected by yesterday’s outing. In fact, Yost said he’d be shocked if there were any lingering issues.
He can do it all
Yost also discussed Willie Bloomquist’s start in left field. The utility man will be replacing Scott Podsednik for the day, so Podsednik can essentially get two days rest since tomorrow is an off day. Bloomquist will also be replacing Podsednik in the lead off spot, which Yost feels very comfortable with because Bloomquist has a very professional approach, has been hitting the ball well, can steal bases, and is overall a complete player.
There were also a couple questions concerning the upcoming draft, but Yost quickly responded by saying he’s just trying to win baseball games and has no idea who the Royals are looking at.
Editor’s note: The media relations team salutes Brett, one of our interns, on his outstanding work. This is his final blog entry as he will be leaving to take a job in Louisiana. Brett started in 2009 with the marketing department and worked in media relations this season. Good luck, Gordo! We will miss you!
Yer outa here!
Manager Ned Yost addressed the fallout from his ejection during Thursday’s game. He has not been contacted by Major League Baseball in regards to any possible suspension or fine. However, Yost said that in his past experience, the league has openly listened to both sides and handed down a fair decision.
He’s an inspiration…
Outfielder David DeJesus has been one of the Royals hottest hitters since the birth of his first son, David DeJesus, Jr. on May 25. Yost sees the possibility of DeJesus having extra motivation, but also thinks DeJesus is in a hot streak. Yost said, “He is seeing the ball good and making great contact.”
The road to recovery…
Outfielder Rick Ankiel will begin his rehabilitation assignment on Tuesday with the Royals’ AAA affiliate, the Omaha Royals. Yost says that Ankiel has looked impressive in batting practice, but also stated that he needs to get his timing right before a return to Kansas City’s lineup. Yost said that when Ankiel does come back he will resume his roll in the outfield and won’t find any time as the designated hitter. In addition, it is discussed in the Royals game notes today that left-handed reliever John Parrish will also join Ankiel in Omaha on a rehab assignment.
The 2010 June Draft begins on Monday. General Manager Dayton Moore talked to the media today about the draft and other topics.
Moore is looking for players with great character and players who fit a team atmosphere. He puts an added emphasis on players with past championship experience, either in college or high school. Ideally, Kansas City’s first pick will eventually be able to blend in with the current group of prospects at Double-A.
Moore sees several players in this draft that will make an impact in the majors. However, he doesn’t see as many premium position players as in some drafts.
A media member asked whether the draft will drop off after the first three picks (the Royals pick fourth). Moore says he sees how some see it that way, but every draft will be re-evaluated after three years and the picture can be very different. He sees that as the beauty and the challenge of baseball’s draft – a 10th round pick could wind up with a better career than a first-round choice. He sees all 50 or so players that a team drafts as important, sighting Jarrod Dyson. The speedy former 50th round pick is now on Kansas City’s 40-man roster.
Reporters asked Moore about pitching prospect Danny Duffy, who recently returned to the organization after taking some time away from baseball. Moore hasn’t spoken to Duffy and for now he will leave that to Assistant GM/Scouting and Player Development J.J. Picollo and Director of Minor League Operations Scott Sharp. He didn’t know if Duffy would return originally after he left baseball in March, but he knew that the good relationship between the club and Duffy would help.
Moose and Hosmer
Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer are both leading their respecting leagues in hitting, with Moose entering the day first in the Texas League at .371 and Hosmer’s .350 pacing the Carolina League. Moore says that the Royals are staying humble as an organization as far as their progress. He said that minor league hitting coordinator Jack Maloof is pleased with their development. As to whether they will be promoted, Moore said that the organization will re-assess that in a month, but neither is a currently a candidate to be on the Major League team by the end of 2010.
Moore likes the intense focus and clear beliefs of his new manager. While the two knew one another from Atlanta, they didn’t have the manager-general manager relationship. Moore says that this particular aspect of their relationship is still evolving.