Yost likes Orlando-Dyson combo in RF

May 22nd, 2016

CHICAGO -- With the way Paulo Orlando is playing, the question keeps coming. Is it becoming hard to keep him in a platoon with Jarrod Dyson in right field?

"No," Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday after a 3-2 loss to the White Sox. "Dyson is doing well, too. [We have] a plan where we're mixing them both in and keeping them both fresh and keeping them both productive. I'm proud to see them both doing well."

Orlando has 12 hits in his past 22 at-bats, including five extra-base hits over his past six games. His six-game hitting streak has raised his slash line to .377/.397/.535. After going 3-for-4 Friday against the White Sox, he mentioned work in the cage and batting practice paying off. His latest example was going 2-for-4 with a double and a stellar catch at the wall on Sunday.

"I feel more focused," Orlando said Friday. "My timing is back."

Dyson, though, isn't to be forgotten. He matched a career high with three hits Saturday, and he has hits in each of his past three games. His season numbers of .250/.296/.329 don't compare to Orlando's, but Dyson still presents quality defense and speed on the bases.

Baseball is so often based on finding a rhythm, but Yost said he's not overly worried about a platoon harming either player.

"It's a little bit tougher to do, but they're playing enough now, both of them together, where they can [stay hot]," Yost said. "We don't want [Dyson] sitting around too much if we can help it. We need some production out of that spot. Paulo and Dyson here lately have done a nice job of double-teaming that spot."

A platoon could also have benefits. The Royals right fielders are hitting a combined .293 with nine extra-base hits and 15 RBIs this season, bringing a nice punch to the bottom of the order.

"You're not overexposing anybody if you're playing them three or four days a week," Yost said. "You're staying strong … and it just helps their production."

Worth noting

• Drew Butera was in Sunday's lineup at catcher and Salvador Perez was at DH, meaning Kendrys Morales was not in the starting lineup for the first time this season. Morales, who struck out as a pinch-hitter to end the game Sunday, has two hits in his past 19 at-bats.

"It's more of mental break than a physical break," Yost said. "He's been grinding really hard. This is a chance for him to catch his breath a little bit."

• Royals starting pitchers entered Sunday with 221 2/3 innings, the second-lowest total in baseball, behind the Reds. There are a number of reasons for that, including stretching out starters such as Danny Duffy, and the Royals' top-notch bullpen (Kansas City's 2.55 bullpen ERA was the third best in the league).

"It's nothing that really concerns us right now, but it would be nice to get a few more innings out of them," Yost said.