Ned Yost likely escaped life-threatening injury when he fell from a tree last week.
The Royals manager was hospitalized Wednesday with a broken pelvis suffered in a fall while trying to repair a tree stand on his Georgia property, but he said he’s certain the situation would have been much worse had he not been able to call for help.
“I climbed up there and I was reaching to get the clip on and the stand fell completely like a hangman’s shoot,” Yost told MLB.com by phone Monday morning. “The whole bottom just fell out of the stand. I hit the ground, fell about 20 feet. I don’t know if I fell on my feet or my pelvis. I knew I was hurt pretty good, but I could wiggle my toes. I could wiggle my arms. I could move my head. I just sat for a second to see if I could get up and get on the four-wheeler.
“But when I tried, I couldn’t move an inch. I could feel my legs totally shut down. I figured my pelvis was just mush. … There’s no doubt I would have bled out if I didn’t have my cellphone with me. There was nobody that was coming. Nobody would have found me. I would have been dead by nightfall.”
An avid hunter, Yost owns a 58-acre farm about 60 miles south of Atlanta and is “particular about safety” regarding the tree stands typically used by deer hunters. Despite his efforts and experience, Yost was the victim of a fall that others have failed to survive in the past.
“I didn’t realize I was in that much danger,” Yost said. “I knew my whole right side was mush. But the trauma surgeon came in a couple of days later and he said, ‘Man, Ned, I was really, really scared about you. We’ve seen these things before — this is a 25-30 percent mortality rate. You were crashing on the table. We couldn’t get the bleeding stopped. I thought we were going to lose you.'”
Yost, 63, will be confined to a wheelchair for at least two months as he recovers but hopes to be back on his feet when spring training rolls around.