Coleman aims to be Major force in bullpen
Right-hander piling up strikeouts in latest return from Omaha
DETROIT -- Royals reliever Louis Coleman is no stranger to packing his bags for a new destination. It's part of the gig being a valuable bullpen arm with Minor League options.
So understandably, the right-hander is excited that his latest move is back with Kansas City, after he was called up on Wednesday from Triple-A Omaha for the fourth time in his career.
Coleman struck out the side for the second outing in a row while working the eighth inning against the Tigers on Friday.
His previous appearance came on Wednesday in Toronto, where Coleman also recorded all three outs on strikeouts, while allowing one hit in one inning of relief.
"My arm feels good right now," Coleman said. "Sometimes you get in stretches where the ball runs sharper. You just get in that groove and go with it, and right now everything is feeling pretty good for me."
Going into Sunday's series finale, Coleman was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 19 appearances this year for Kansas City. He had 29 strikeouts and yielded 21 hits in 24 innings. For his career, Coleman is 1-4 with a 3.33 ERA in 67 games over two years.
Coleman was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA and two saves at Omaha. However, the hard thrower also had 16 strikeouts and just four walks in seven innings. The 26-year-old is not trying to strike batters out, and in fact would sometimes prefer to get a "one- or two-pitch out."
Coleman did say that there is a different feel that he can get on the baseball based on the weather conditions.
"Every pitcher will experience different things, but a lot of the guys feel the ball doesn't move as much in a place like Arizona where the air is really dry," Coleman said. "When it's humid like it has been lately, you can get that extra tackiness on the ball and just that little extra grip can make a difference."
Manager Ned Yost said Coleman has traditionally been very effective against right-handers, and plans to use him in that capacity.
"He can help us eat up some innings," Yost said. "He has really good stuff."
As part of a deep bullpen, Coleman knows he will have to compete hard to maintain his spot on the Major League team. He admits that it can be a bit frustrating to move back and forth between Kansas City and Omaha, but he feels fortunate to be playing a game for a living.
"Me and Nate [Adcock], we're happy to be up here, but we know we are competing for a spot with everyone else. Yet it's great to be part of a team with so many great arms. If [closer Jonathan] Broxton has pitched a few games in a row, then really any of us out of the 'pen could step in and be a closer.
"My dad is a farmer [in his native Mississippi] and I know how hard of work that is. I am playing baseball for a living, so I feel blessed."
Yost excited for fifth stint as All-Star coach
DETROIT -- Royals manager Ned Yost will be making his fifth appearance as an All-Star coach, when he joins Rangers skipper Ron Washington's staff for the American League squad in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic at Kauffman Stadium.
This is Yost's first service for the AL, as he previously served on the National League staff for the 2005 All-Star Game in Detroit in his third season managing for the Milwaukee Brewers. Yost also served on the NL staff under Bobby Cox in Atlanta.
Being able to join the staff in the city where he now manages is a special feeling for Yost, who considers it a tremendous honor.
"When I look back and reflect that I have been a part of five All-Star Games, it is a special feeling," Yost said. "It's not like I was voted in as a player, but every time I have been a part of the All-Star week it has been a very enjoyable experience. It gives me a chance to go to and be a part of one of the greatest spectacles in our game."
There is a strong desire for the American League to win the game, but the pressure to win is not quite the same for Yost as one of the coaches, unlike the daily grind as a manager.
"We're there to assist the guys as best as we can, but it's really a special time being with that group of All-Stars," Yost said. "What I found striking and surprising is that all those guys in that clubhouse do become a team, even if it is just for a few days. I never realized that before I coached at an All-Star Game. Those guys really develop that same bond that you do with your teammates on a daily basis."
Among his best memories of past All-Star games were his role as a coach under former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa for the 2005 game. Yost also was able to spend time with George Kissell, a legendary manager, coach and scout for the Cardinals organization. Kissell died in 2008 and was considered one of the greatest teachers of the game.
"I was able to get a tremendous level of experience and insight by working with [La Russa], and the time I spent with Kissell was really special," Yost said. "He had incredible knowledge of the game."
Yost will stay with the other players and coaches at a hotel near Kauffman Stadium, even though his condominium is a "three-minute walk" from the venue.
"I also love that you get to enjoy the [All-Star activities] with your family, and can spend some time with them," Yost said.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin also will serve on Washington's AL staff.
Royals still keeping close eye on Perez
DETROIT -- Catcher Salvador Perez will be available to play up to four days per week as the Royals and their medical staff continue to evaluate his playing time.
Perez, who returned from knee surgery on June 22, saw his 11-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-4 in Saturday's 8-7 loss to the Tigers -- his first game back without at least one hit.
Royals manager Ned Yost said that Perez is "completely healthy and strong." Perez had a scheduled off-day on Friday, but started both Saturday and Sunday at Comerica Park.
"We have confidence in Salvador that he is throwing, catching and hitting really well," Yost said. "He feels great. We're going to be smart with our game plan on how much to use him, but right now he's doing everything well."
Yost said that one of his "worst fears" coming into Spring Training was an injury to his young catcher, but now that Perez has recovered, Yost is happy with his continued progress.
"Sal is a quick healer," Yost said. "It should say something about how much we like him as a player and his future that we signed him to a five-year contract after he was up with us [in the Majors] for two months last year."
Paulino undergoes successful elbow surgery
KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Felipe Paulino became the fourth Royals pitcher to undergo elbow ligament replacement surgery this year.
General manager Dayton Moore on Sunday said that Paulino underwent the Tommy John procedure earlier in the week in Los Angeles.
"It was successful surgery," Moore said.
Earlier this year, right-handers Joakim Soria and Blake Wood and left-hander Danny Duffy had the surgery, all of which were performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum.
Royals set their rotation for next weekend
DETROIT -- Manager Ned Yost on Sunday named veteran lefty Bruce Chen as his starter for the first game back from the All-Star break on Friday, when the Royals open a three-game set against the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium.
It will be Chen's 19th start of the season, which leads the Royals. Chen will be making his first appearance of the season against the White Sox, a team he went 3-1 against with a 1.89 ERA last year in five starts.
Right-hander Luke Hochevar will start on Saturday. Hochevar threw a full side session Sunday morning and reported no issues with his sprained right ankle.
Right-hander Luis Mendoza will close out the series next Sunday.
Catcher Adam Moore, claimed by Kansas City on waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, broke his wrist in Spring Training and, according to reports, appears to be fully recovered. He was optioned to Triple-A Omaha.
Catcher Humberto Quintero, who the Royals waived on Thursday, went unclaimed and is a free agent.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is not only on an offensive kick to end the first half, but he is also playing Gold Glove caliber defense. Moustakas leads American League third basemen in double plays with 26 and ranks second in fielding percentage (.963), assists (169) and range factor at this position. His OPS of .828 is sixth-highest in the Majors among third basemen.
The Royals are ahead of last year in attendance figures. Through 37 games, they have averaged 23,559 fans, an increase of 4,337 per contest over a year ago through the same number of games.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Mike Scott is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.