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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.
Kanekoa in K.C.
The Royals acquired Kanekoa Texeira off waivers yesterday from Seattle. Yost sees the reliever as a sixth or seventh inning guy and someone who the Royals will use for up to two innings. He talked about Texeira’s sinker and slider (according to Baseball America, the righty had the best slider in the White Sox organization entering 2008). Seattle’s coaching staff had good things to say about Texeira.
Yost was asked about the #2 position in the batting order and using Jason Kendall there vs. Mike Aviles. Yost sees Kendall as a perfect number two hitter. Kendall likes to take pitches and is a good situational hitter. Aviles is more aggressive and Yost doesn’t want the second baseman to alter his game. He believes that Aviles could eventually become a number two hitter in the Majors.
John Parrish threw well in live batting practice today. Rick Ankiel took live batting practice and ran the bases. Yost believes that they could both start rehab assignments next week. Gil Meche is still going through treatments and has not begun to throw.
When Royals manager Ned Yost met with the media this morning he was asked about today’s starting pitcher Zack Greinke in his follow-up to his AL Cy Young season. Yost feels that Greinke has pitched great this year, keeping his ball club in games. Yost said, “He just needs to keep doing what he has been doing.” Yost doesn’t believe his hitters are putting any extra pressure on themselves; stating they just need to improve offensively with Greinke on the mound.
Yost also commented on today’s starting second baseman Chris Getz. Yost believes that Getz gives the Royals the best infield defense combination, which is a key for him with Greinke on the mound. While Yost also sees the time off for infielder Mike Aviles as a good opportunity for him to step back and refocus on his defense.
Yost also was asked if he saw last night’s near perfect game by Detroit Tigers starter Armando Galarraga. Yost said he felt for the game’s first base umpire Jim Joyce, on what appears to be a blown call that cost Galarraga the perfect game in the ninth inning last night. Yost still thinks that Joyce is one of the top five best umpires in the game today, but also believes MLB should do anything within reason to get the call right.
All revved up
Yost is very pleased with the way the bullpen has come around, saying that the pen is firing on all cylinders. He thinks practicing before games and creating a relaxed atmosphere have helped. Yost realizes that the players aren’t robots, so they will inevitably have hiccups, but it’s important to forget about them and move on to the next day. The manager expects everyone’s best effort when they are on the mound because he knows that the game revolves around pitching and good teams have effective bullpens. He believes two keys in particular include working ahead and not letting inherited runners score.
A ball that bites
Yost believes Blake Wood has been phenomenal since he’s been up with the Royals. He said Wood’s fastball has “teeth”, boring in hard on right handed hitters and moving away from lefties and is very difficult to handle, which is why he doesn’t need to use his secondary pitches too often.
Yost also praised Kevin Seitzer for his job as hitting coach, saying Seitzer is a big key to the offense. Yost added that player development at the organization’s minor league levels has also added to the club’s offensive success. Even at the Single-A level, draftees are learning the two-strike approach, which includes having the right mindset as well as having a short and quick swing. Yost sees the results of this in his Major League players, noting that no one on the team is afraid to hit with two strikes.