Yost wants balance in molding young arms

Yost wants balance in molding young arms

CHICAGO -- Royals manager Ned Yost understands the tough situation the White Sox are going through with left-hander Chris Sale.

It's been a whirlwind eight days for the White Sox and Sale, who started Saturday's middle game at U.S. Cellular Field. Sale, 23, has gone from the rotation, to the team's closer and back to the rotation in a little more than a week.

Yost, speaking generically, said he thinks clubs have gotten away from developing starters -- instead placing good, young pitchers into the bullpen so they can help immediately. Yost and the Royals have done that themselves with right-handed reliever Aaron Crow, who was groomed as a starter before moving to the bullpen prior to last season.

Like with Sale and Crow, every situation is different. But Yost said the important thing is to make sure clubs are doing what's best for both themselves and the pitcher in the short and long term.

"You've got to what's best for the ballclub. You've got to try to do both," Yost said. "You've got to maintain the small picture to achieve the big picture. You've just got to kind of manipulate it to the best of your ability so it works best for both cases."