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Ned Yost Says He Came Close To Dying After Last Week’s Fall

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Last Wednesday, multiple sources reported that Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost broke his pelvis after falling off a tree stand.

Turns out it could’ve been much worse.

As MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reported Wednesday, Yost was unable to remember which of his body parts hit the ground first after falling nearly 20 feet outside his home near Atlanta.

“It could have been my feet or it could have been my pelvis,” Yost said to Flanagan via phone.

The 62-year-old Yost was attempting to secure a tree stand on his property, when the bottom of the stand fell out, causing it and Yost to fall.

Hunting is known to be one of Yost’s biggest hobbies.

Yost was unable to move following the fall to Earth, so he called his wife Deb, who was on her way out of town to attend a wedding shower. After receiving the news, Deb turned around, called 911, while Yost lay in pain for 20 minutes before a life-flight helicopter attended to him.

As the Royals’ skipper explains, him having his cell phone on him made all the difference:

“There’s no doubt I would have bled out if I didn’t have my cellphone with me. There was nobody that was coming. Nobody would have found me. I would have been dead by nightfall.”

Yost recalls first arriving for his life-saving treatment:

“Once I got to the hospital, they got me on the table, and all of a sudden I felt a shot- the doctor had drilled a hole through my leg and through my bone and inserted a rod into it. Then he put two 10-pound weights on each side of the rod for traction. Then they picked me up and put me in these compression pants- it was so painful, I can’t even tell you.”

Yost was released from Grady Memorial Hospital on Sunday, and the road to recovery will definitely take time. As Flanagan reports, he mostly sits in an easy-chair; and when he does have to move, the pain is excruciating, even when on medication.

What’s most important though, is that Yost is alive.

“I didn’t realize I was in that much danger. I knew my whole right side was mush. But the trauma surgeon came in a couple of days later and he said, ‘Man, Ned, I was really, really scared about you. We’ve seen these things before — this is a 25-30 percent mortality rate. You were crashing on the table. We couldn’t get the bleeding stopped. I thought we were going to lose you,” recalled Yost.

Next year marks the final one on Yost’s contract with Kansas City. Hopefully he has a swift recovery, and is ready to be with the Royals when baseball activity resumes in February.

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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