Golf, not baseball, on tap Monday for Royals manager Ned Yost

Royals manager Ned Yost is going golfing on Monday’s day off.
Royals manager Ned Yost is going golfing on Monday’s day off. jsleezer@kcstar.com

After 23 games in 19 days, there will be no Royals baseball on Monday.

So Royals manager Ned Yost is going golfing. And he’s not thrilled about it.

The minor-league staff is having a golf tournament, and Yost is excited about spending time with them.

“I’m not really a golfer,” Yost said. “It’s the only time I play golf all year, but it’s more about being with them than it is about playing golf.

“It’s been so busy with our schedules and running spring training that it’s hard to spend time with the minor-league people. We have a phenomenal player development staff and it’s a good opportunity to spend at least an afternoon with them in a fun setting.”

Yost is pleased to have the day off, saying the timing of the break is almost perfect. Half the team, including Yost, spent Friday and Saturday in San Antonio playing games against the Texas Rangers.

“We just came off a tough weekend with two teams, one in San Antonio and one here,” Yost said. “It just kind of resets a little bit. I kind of like having the off day where it’s at, because we’re under two weeks at that point, we’ll start ramping up the guys’ workload a little more as you start seeing them playing three games in a row and they start to extend their innings out.

“It’s a good spot to kind of a take a break. It’s been real hot here. And kind of catch our breath and get ready for the opening of the season.”

The Royals open the season April 3 against the Mets at Kauffman Stadium.

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