7/27/2014 1:50 P.M. ET
Yost appreciates ties with Braves' inductees
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- Toward the end of his playing career, Ned Yost went to Double-A Greenville, S.C., in 1986 for the Braves to catch some young pitchers who could benefit from his Major League experience.
One of them was Tom Glavine, the left-hander who was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday.
"At that point, did I think he was going to be a Hall of Famer? Naw, but I thought he had a chance to be a real good pitcher," Yost said.
"And we used to argue all the time because he threw a fastball, a curveball and a split. He'd bounce the split and I told him, 'Dump the split, you've got to develop a change.'
"'I don't need a change, this split gets everybody out.' I said, 'The split will get everybody out in Double-A. It'll get nobody out in the big leagues because they don't swing at it.'
"Well, he loved his split. He went to Triple-A and they started laying off of it. He went to the big leagues and started to develop a changeup, and that's what helped him get to the Hall of Fame. So, we laugh about it all the time, how stubborn he was and how we'd argue about it."
Yost, as a long-time coach at Atlanta, also had a close association with pitcher Greg Maddux and manager Bobby Cox, also inducted into the Hall on Sunday.
"From what I've learned from Greg Maddux on pitching has helped me tremendously to this day as a manager," Yost said. "I used to go out in the outfield after hitting fungoes and stand next to Greg, and talk about pitching every single day.
"It was a wonderful experience being with him and, of course, being with Bobby for 12 years was probably the highlight of my career."
Vargas nearing his return to Royals' rotation
KANSAS CITY -- Left-hander Jason Vargas is getting closer to returning to the Royals' rotation.
Vargas threw a simulated game on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium and will do the same on Thursday, upping the number of pitches he'll throw to the 60 range.
Out since an appendectomy on July 9, Vargas has missed three starts with fellow lefty Bruce Chen taking his spot.
"Every day that I threw, there were big progressions as far as how I felt each time," Vargas said.
On Saturday, there was no pulling sensation where the appendix was removed.
"I think I got over that hurdle the last time I got off the mound, and [Saturday], I was just pretty much focused on executing pitches and it went all right," Vargas said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.