KANSAS CITY -- Managing a young team and living on a farm combined to give Royals manager Ned Yost an adage to go with a long losing streak."Adversity is the fertilizer for maturity and growth," he said. Naturally, before Monday night's 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays, Yost spent time discussing the Royals' recent travail with reporters.
"These kids have never faced expectations," Yost said. "They're very young, but you have to learn how to deal with that. It's a tough lesson; it's a hard lesson."The 2012 Royals, brimming with talent recently mined from the Minors, arrived home with a 3-3 road record and were expected to start fulfilling all the preseason promise of reversing years of losing efforts in Kansas City. "They are convinced that they are the group to turn that around. They won't ever stop doubting that, but there are certain things you have to go through before you can get into that position," Yost said. "No team is going bring up a group of young, talented players and go from start to finish without a struggle." After Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays, the Royals' 10th in a row, Yost mentioned baserunning mistakes and believes breakdowns in fundamentals can be a product of players trying too hard. "That's exactly what it is. You lose your mind," he said. "When you want to win a game so bad that you can taste it, you do things that aren't smart. Because all you're doing is thinking about winning a game. You're not thinking of the situation, you're not thinking about the consequences, you're not weighing the risk and reward, you just want to score that run to get you one run closer." Yost told general manager Dayton Moore that the danger he's watching for is players getting comfortable with losing. "That will not be tolerated, no matter who you are in that locker room," Yost said. "As you long as you continue to fight and play hard every pitch of the game, we'll get through this. But as long as guys are getting comfortable and taking pitches off, that's when you'll find your butt on the bench or down in Triple-A. And we've got a lot of guys that have options." With that comes a positive assessment from the skipper. "I have zero of it," he said. "These kids are fighting with everything they've got. But that's the standard, that's what we do. Don't anybody get comfortable with this, and the good thing about it is that nobody has."
Jeffress OK in wake of comebacker
KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Jeremy Jeffress took a hard shot off his right elbow area on Sunday, but came through it all right."I feel good, actually," Jeffress said on Monday. "It numbed it for a second, but I immediately felt it after that. We iced it last night. It's back to normal." In the Blue Jays' ninth inning, Jeffress was drilled so hard by Jose Bautista's liner that the ball bounced to third baseman Mike Moustakas in plenty of time for him to throw to first base for the out. Jeffress stayed in the game and faced two more batters, giving up a double and a walk before being relieved.
Royals get Cain back on Friday
KANSAS CITY -- Center fielder Lorenzo Cain is expected to rejoin the Royals on Friday for the weekend series in Minnesota. He's been out since April 9, when he banged into the wall in Oakland and strained his left groin.Cain is now on a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. "He's fine. He made a nice play in center field and went 1-for-3 [on Sunday] so he looks good. It'll be nice to get him back," manager Ned Yost said. Right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino is scheduled to make a rehab start on Wednesday at Northwest Arkansas against Springfield. He's been working back from a right forearm strain at Surprise, Ariz.
It was Chris Getz, not Yuniesky Betancourt, as manager Ned Yost indicated a day earlier, at second base and leading off on Monday night.
"If I said Yuni, I meant Getz or Yuni -- right back to the regular lineup where the second baseman falls in the leadoff spots and everybody else falls back into line," Yost explained. This was Getz's first turn in the leadoff spot this year. Right-hander Nate Adcock, who spent last season in the KC bullpen as a Rule 5 Draft pick, is 2-1 with Omaha after going eight innings to beat Nashville, 2-1. Adcock's 1.37 ERA ranks fourth in the Pacific Coast League. Homers by Cheslor Cuthbert and Brian Fletcher for Class A Wilmington were the Blue Rocks' first back-to-back blasts since Eric Hosmer and Jamie Romak connected on June 16, 2010.
Dominican shortstop Adalberto Mondesi, son of former Major Leaguer Raul Mondesi, had five hits in an extended spring training game at the club's facility in Surprise, Ariz., on Monday.
At 16, the switch-hitting infielder is the youngest player in camp.
"My dad always tells me I can be better than he ever was," Mondesi said. "He says I have developed at a rapid pace."
The elder Mondesi, an outfielder, won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1994 and was an All-Star the next season for the Dodgers. He played in the Majors for 13 years.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.