Yost glad to be alive af­ter in­jury on farm

The News (New Glasgow) - - SPORTS - BY DAVE SKRETTA

Ned Yost spent Mon­day af­ter­noon in a lounge chair at his farm just out­side At­lanta, the pain from a shat­tered pelvis so un­bear­able that the only move­ment the Roy­als man­ager could make was to re­po­si­tion.

He was happy for the pain, though. It re­minded him he was alive.

Just over a week ago, Yost was work­ing in a hunt­ing stand on his prop­erty when he reached to at­tach a safety line. The stand some­how col­lapsed and Yost fell about 20 feet to the ground, and the land­ing was so hard that he sus­tained a “mas­sive frac­ture” to his pelvis and four bro­ken ribs.

He also lost so much blood that sur­geons later told him he nearly died.

“I didn’t un­der­stand the grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion un­til I was through it,” said the 62-year-old Yost, an avid out­doors­man. “I’m just glad I had my phone, I’ll tell you that.”

Yost said he can’t put weight on either leg for at least two months, which means he’s con­fined to his lounge chair or a wheel­chair. There are two rods, some plates and screws hold­ing his pelvis to­gether, and a good num­ber of sta­ples that are help­ing to keep the in­ci­sion closed. But he vowed that by spring train­ing, “I should be pretty much full-go.”

Any­body who knows Yost wouldn’t think oth­er­wise.

The cur­mud­geonly man­ager prides him­self on his tough­ness, a trait he’s in­stilled in the Roy­als over the years.

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