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Ned Yost Media Session July 22

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

Ned Yost Media Session July 21

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

Ned Yost Media Session July 20

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

Royals acquire minor league pitchers Luis Santos and Luis Rico from Pirates in exchange for Clint Robinson and Vin Mazzaro

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Luis Santos and left-hander Luis Rico from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro and first baseman Clint Robinson.  Santos and Rico have been assigned to the Surprise Royals.

The 21-year-old Santos pitched for both Dominican Pirates clubs last season, combining for a 6-3 record and a 2.44 ERA in 14 games, including 12 starts.  In 62.2 innings, he allowed 42 hits, walked 20 and struck out 74 while holding opponents to a .184 average.  The 6-foot Santos is from Bonao, Dominican Republic, and was signed by Pittsburgh as a non-drafted free agent on April 8, 2011.

Rico, who will turn 19 tomorrow, is a 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from Guanta, Venezuela.  He went 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA in 11 games (nine starts) in 2012 for the Dominican Pirates.  Rico made his debut in 2011 with the Venezuelan Pirates after signing with Pittsburgh as a non-drafted free agent on April 9, 2011.

Mazzaro, 26, and Robinson, 27, were designated for assignment by the Royals on November 20.

Photos: Kendall walk-off celebration

What a weekend of baseball!  The Royals and White Sox played 31 innings in just over 22 hours.  The Royals played three consecutive extra-inning games for the first time since June 9 to 11, 2000 vs. Pittsburgh.  Jason Kendall caught two of those three games for Pittsburgh in Kansas City in 2000.  Today’s hero?  Jason Kendall, who again caught two of the three extra-inning games.  Kendall delivered a walk-off single in the 10th, lifting Kansas City to a 3-2 win.

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