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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Royals Injury Update: Salvador Perez exits with knee discomfort

By on 8/19/2014 08:30:00 AM

The first-place Kansas City Royals removed catcher Salvador Perez from Monday's 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins with "discomfort in his right knee," according to  Dick Kaegel of (video here and below). Perez was replaced in the seventh inning by Erik Kratz, who homered twice.

No X-ray or MRI was taken and Royals manager Ned Yost said he is not concerned, "It's day to day. His knee is structurally sound. It's nothing to do with that. He just pinched that tendon and it fired up a little bit." Yost added that there is a "very good chance" Perez will play Tuesday in the series opener against the Colorado Rockies. The two-time All-Star and 2013 Gold Glove winner is slashing .268/.305/.417 (OPS+ 98) with 15 homers and 53 RBI. He has caught 111 of the Royals' 124 games and served as DH three times.

Perez, 24, lost half of the 2012 season following left knee surgery in June. Since then he has suffered  the usual catcher injuries, including a concussion in August of 2013. Now in his fourth major league season, Perez has a career .291/.323/.440 line, so 2014 is below average for him.

Perez was signed by the Royals in 2006 out of Venezuela and made his debut August 10, 2011 at age 21. He is under a five-year $7 million contract through 2016 with team options for 2017-19.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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