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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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