Ned Yost says deer-stand accident could have killed him

Royals manager Ned Yost said he could have died after fall from a tree last week. (AP)

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost was in a lot of pain last week when he was fixing a deer stand at his home in Georgia and fell from a tree. Yost broke his pelvis and some ribs in the fall, but we’re learning now that doctors and even Yost himself feared it was going to be much worse. Perhaps even fatal.

Yost said if he didn’t have his cellphone and wasn’t able to call for help, he could have bled out. Later, a surgeon told Yost a number of people have died from similar falls.

Jeffrey Flanagan of talked to Yost on Monday, who described everything that happened after the fall. If you thought this was “Man falls out of tree and hurt himself,” it was a lot more serious:

That’s pretty brutal. Yost, 63, is an avid outdoorsman and hunter, so we can assume it wasn’t his first go-round with a deer stand. Reports at the time said the deer stand just gave way as Yost was working on it.

Hurray for cellphones — and for Yost being all right.

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