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In toughness, Yost leads by example

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Manager Ned Yost continued his recovery from gall bladder surgery and put in a second full day at the Royals' complex.

"I feel pretty darn good. Maybe I'm tough, maybe I'm not," Yost said. "Maybe it ain't a tough surgery. But on a scale of 1 to 10, I'm a 2 or a 3. I feel much better because it's out. It's sore, but I don't have that side-ache pain."

Yost's gall bladder was removed Tuesday afternoon, and he was back in uniform, running camp less than 24 hours later.

"It just shows how tough he is and how much he cares about us, to have surgery one day and to come back to work the next day, just to get us better," pitcher Will Smith said. "You've got to respect that; I like that. It's awesome."

"It's unbelievable," third baseman Mike Moustakas said. "It shows you that this year if you have a sore hamstring or a sore finger, you have to remember that Skip had surgery and was back the next day. It shows you what kind of a guy he is."

Yost pointed out, though, that he is not required to hit or pitch. If a player had gall bladder surgery, it would be a different matter.

"I sit on my rear end all day and watch," he said. "They've got to work. They wouldn't be able to do much for the next two weeks, probably."

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