8/27/2014 8:10 P.M. ET
Royals option Crow to clear spot for Hendriks
Former All-Star reliever expected to rejoin KC for Tuesday's contest with Texas
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- Royals reliever Aaron Crow understood why, after nearly four seasons in a Kansas City uniform, he was being shipped off to the Minor Leagues.
Quite simple, really. The Royals needed roster space for pitcher Liam Hendriks so he could start Wednesday night's game against the Twins in place of Yordano Ventura, who has a sore back. And Crow was one of the few pitchers who still have Minor League options remaining.
"You can't have a woe-is-me attitude," Crow said. "You just have to go get ready to pitch and do your job."
So Crow will join Double-A Northwest Arkansas until the Naturals' season ends on Monday. He'll pitch for them on Thursday and Sunday just to stay sharp, then he'll return for Tuesday night's game against Texas.
If instead Crow had been sent to Triple-A Omaha and the Storm Chasers made the playoffs, Crow would have to stay the mandatory 10 days required of optioned players.
Relievers such as Bruce Chen and Francisley Bueno are out of options and the Royals didn't want to send out Ventura because they expect him to pitch on Monday against Texas. He couldn't have returned until Tuesday.
Crow, an All-Star as a rookie in 2011, has a 6-1 record and a 3.86 ERA in 59 appearances this season.
"You don't really want to do it, but we did it with Wade Davis last year," manager Ned Yost said. "It's something that you just have to do."
Davis and Louis Coleman were sent off to Class A Advanced Wilmington a year ago, creating roster spots for Danny Duffy and Luke Hochevar, and returned five days later.
Ventura's back was reported to be improving.
"I haven't checked with him yet, but he's got a bounce in his step which is good," Yost said.
Yost says he wasn't being critical of KC fans
KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost emphasized that he wasn't being critical of fans in his remarks after Tuesday night's dramatic walk-off victory over the Twins.
The game had an attendance of 13,847 as the first-place Royals won on Alex Gordon's ninth-inning home run and Yost took note of that afterward.
"I wasn't criticizing the fans," Yost said on Wednesday. "The two most important things about this for me: One, I don't do it for the money even though the money is good -- and you know I ain't doing it for the fame. I've been to the World Series six times; I know what it feels like. I do this job so they [the players] can experience a trip to the World Series and everything that goes with it.
"And two, for our fans to have that experience. It's a phenomenal experience. It hasn't been felt here in 25 years. That's the reason I do this job -- it's for [the players] and for the fans. I want them to experience what it's like to be involved in a pennant race in September ... and, as a manager, I want every advantage that I can have going into a game and the electricity and the buzz that this fan base can bring is an advantage for us."
Yost's postgame remarks drew critical comment from Kansas City and some national media. He went on a local radio station and discussed the matter on Wednesday morning, but that appearance had been scheduled days before. He also answered questions about it before the game against the Twins.
"Did I want more fans here last night enjoying that game? Yeah. But I wasn't criticizing the fans. I want them to enjoy it as much as we're enjoying it," Yost said. "And there's nothing that makes me happier than looking up on the scoreboard and, when they're panning between innings, to see little kids wearing their Royals hats and their Royals T-shirts jumping up and down and having a ball. There's nothing that makes me happier than walking off the field after a 'W' and seeing our fans cheering and having a great time.
"It's about the fans and I want them here to enjoy this experience with us. Because I have always felt that the fans and the players have a partnership. This a great baseball town. It's always been a great baseball town and it's been a long time since they could really be proud of what's going on on the field. And that's what I want -- I want them to enjoy it."
Anonymous batboy calls KC's walk-off finish
KANSAS CITY -- There was a lot of divination going on before the Royals' walk-off victory on Tuesday night.
Assistant trainer Kyle Turner, as reported here, had ruminated about a "bloop and a blast" before Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon did just that to beat the Twins, 2-1.
It also turns out that one of the Royals' batboys forecast the ending for manager Ned Yost in the dugout.
"He turned around and said, 'Esky's gonna get a hit here and Gordy's going to put one in the fountains,'" Yost said. "He called it!"
Royals communications chief Mike Swanson said that MLB Network, FOX Sports and ESPN all called on Wednesday, requesting interviews with the batboy.
"The young man, who shall remain anonymous, said 'No way!'" Swanson said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.