Yost 'plays' through the pain
Manager shakes off broken collarbone suffered after fall
CHICAGO -- Brewers manager Ned Yost is typically coy about injuries. It turns out the policy does not end with the active roster.
"You've got to man-up," Yost said with a smile Wednesday morning. "Take the pain."
And Yost was in plenty of pain. He managed Tuesday's game with a broken collarbone after he tripped and fell on a Wrigleyville sidewalk during his afternoon jog. He went to a Chicago hospital for treatment, but refused to wear a sling as prescribed.
When reporters sat down in his office for the usual afternoon briefing, Yost was downloading songs onto his iPod. He gave no indication that he was banged up.
"I usually get here at 11:30 or 12, jog down to the lake and I have a little three-to-five mile run that I do every day," he revealed Wednesday morning. "I was coming back and the sidewalk was all broke up, and I just caught an edge on one of the broken pieces and I slammed [to the ground]."
Yost was in front of a police station on Addison Street when he fell on his right side. He rolled twice and jumped up, trying to act as if nothing had happened. Once he got around the corner, he had to stop.
"I felt like an idiot," Yost said.
His middle son, Josh, called to give dad some flak. Josh is the family daredevil and suffered his own broken collarbone last year in a spill on his dirt bike during a Spring Training visit.
Ironically, Yost's oldest son, Ned IV, a Brewers Minor Leaguer, suffered his own weird injury over the weekend. The younger Ned was swimming in the ocean near his Brevard County, Fla., residence on an off-day Sunday when he was picked up by a wave and crashed into a friend. He will be sidelined about a week, dad said.
But Brewers reliever Matt Wise stayed mum about his skipper's mishap. Wise cut a finger on his pitching hand while using salad tongs last summer in Kansas City and took more than his share of grief from Yost.
"I think I'll leave him alone on this one," Wise said. "He looks like he's in a world of pain."
Yost will have to stay low on his calls for right-handed relievers for a while. He cannot lift his right arm more than a few inches.
"You put it out of your head and go," said Yost, whose first-place Brewers had won four straight games and eight of 10 entering Wednesday's series finale against the Cubs.
"It's no big deal."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.