Ned Yost is trying to build the Kansas City Royals into an AL Central contender with a tough, no-nonsense approach. Turns out, that tough exterior isn’t just for show. Yost was back at work first thing Wednesday morning after undergoing surgery to remove an increasingly troublesome gall bladder just 12 hours earlier.
Yost says the gall bladder has been bothering him for years, but he never got it checked out, calling himself “hard-headed.” But when he arrived in Surprise, Arizona, for spring training, he suffered a pretty big flare-up and Yost confided in trainer Nick Kenney that he needed to get it looked at.
According to doctors, the Royals’ manager had two or three big stones, with one the size of a quarter blocking a duct. The doctors determined that he would need to have to have the gall bladder removed immediately. Yost checked into the hospital at 1:30, he had the surgery around 5:00, went home around 11:00 and was up again at 5:45 “raring to go” and get back to business.
He wasn’t making a big deal about the operation, telling only a few people in the organization. He left Tuesday’s workout before an intrasquad game without a public explanation beyond that he would be back for Wednesday’s practice. He even joked with reporters on Wednesday about his whereabouts, saying:
“I was here until noon and then … up by Flagstaff, they’ve got a desert cactus rose that blooms every 75 years, and (Tuesday) was the day, and I wasn’t going to miss it. I’ve got some great pictures.”
Yost copped to the surgery when he was pressed to share those pictures. The procedure took place at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Pheonix under the care of Dr. Venkata Evani, one of the Arizona Diamondbacks‘ team physicians. Yost said he never considered not coming in on Wedensday, saying he would be fine and would just have to take it slow for a couple of days.
Now let’s see a Kansas City player try and get out of drills this spring with a blister or other minor bump and bruise.