Ned Yost says he’s a lucky man, that he will be in a wheelchair for the next two months and that he expects to be moving around normally when the Kansas City Royals report to spring training, according to MLB.com.
Yost, the Royals manager, who fell from a deer stand last week and broke his pelvis, said his life was on the line after the accident.
“There’s no doubt I would have bled out if I didn’t have my cellphone with me,” Yost told MLB.com. “There was nobody that was coming. Nobody would have found me. I would have been dead by nightfall.”
Yost had surgery after the fall and said that the surgeons said he gave them a scare during the operation.
“The trauma surgeon said, ‘Man, Ned, I was really scared about you. We’ve seen these things before – this is a 25-30 percent mortality rate,'” he told MLB.com. “You were crashing on the table. We couldn’t get the bleeding stopped. I thought we were going to lose you.'”
Yost, 63, told The Kansas City Star in 2012 that he hunts most days in the offseason on his 58-acre farm about 60 miles south of Atlanta.
Yost has managed the the Royals the past eight seasons, a tenure that includes two American League pennants and a World Series title in 2015. He previously managed six seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers (2003-2008).
He also played parts of six seasons in the majors, mostly with the Brewers.
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