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Ned Yost back with Royals after surgery

02/20/2013 3:47 PM ET
By Joe Auriemma

Ned Yost enters his fourth season as Royals skipper.(AP)
There is tough and there is really tough. Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is proving that he's the latter.

Yost attended the Royals workout Tuesday morning, but missed their initial intrasquad game in the afternoon for an undisclosed reason. He was back at Royals camp on Wednesday with an ice pack under his uniform jersey. He explained that he underwent surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix to have his gallbladder removed and is back after not even one full day of recovery.

Yost is 198-253 in three seasons with the Royals, but in 2012 the team's 72-90 finish placed the team in third place in the AL Central for the first time since 2003.

Yost may be trying to set an example for his young squad, but recovery outpatient time is usually a seven-to-10 day process after major gallbladder surgery. Yost said it has been bothering him for two years, but it began "acting up" in Spring Training.

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