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GM in favor of Yost remaining at helm in 2019

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KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost is in the final year of his contract, but hasn't seemed a bit concerned about what lies ahead for him.

Yost came back for 2018 knowing full well a rebuild was being launched, and he has said several times he isn't even thinking of his future beyond this season. Not yet, at least.

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KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost is in the final year of his contract, but hasn't seemed a bit concerned about what lies ahead for him.

Yost came back for 2018 knowing full well a rebuild was being launched, and he has said several times he isn't even thinking of his future beyond this season. Not yet, at least.

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But if Yost wants to continue as manager in 2019, general manager Dayton Moore is all for it.

"Absolutely. I can't say enough about how much I enjoy working with Ned, day to day," Moore said Thursday. "I really enjoy our relationship. It's an honor to work with him."

Moore said he hasn't had any recent talks with Yost about the future.

"Those discussions will take place at the appropriate time," Moore said. "And there are other people, the Glass family, involved in those decisions, as well.

"We talked a little bit about it in the offseason, but obviously he was dealing with something serious [Yost's fall from a tree stand]."

Actually, Moore and Yost have been somewhat legendary in the past for making a deal in a matter of minutes, once the discussion gets going.

"The structure [of any deal] has always been pretty much in place," Moore said.

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Karns throws sim game

Right-hander Nate Karns, on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, threw a simulated game Thursday, reaching about 25 pitches.

"His fastball was a little short," Yost said. "He still felt [discomfort] a little bit on the fastball. Breaking ball was really good, changeup was good. He's progressing forward."

Karns will be evaluated Friday to determine his next throwing assignment.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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