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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Royals Injury Update: Salvador Perez expected to play in Game 3


By on 10/04/2014 10:00:00 PM

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez took a back swing from the Los Angeles Angels' Josh Hamilton in Friday night's Game 2 of the ALDS. Perez was immediately evaluated and stayed in the game. Further testing Saturday, though, had some worried that Perez may not play in Game 3 on Sunday, but Royals manager Ned Yost said that Perez is fine and expects him to play.


MLB.com's Jackson Alexander reports that Perez's face mask took the brunt of the blow from Hamilton's back swing. Alexander quoted Yost as saying that Perez "is doing great." Royals trainer Nick Kenney performed the evaluations and did not see any signs of concussion or any other problems that would keep Perez from playing. Yost discussed the incident and the results. Said Yost:
"If Nick had seen any symptoms of a concussion, we'd have taken him out. But Nick, who's extremely thorough, you know, gave him every test, and if Nick feels good about it, then I feel good about it, and if he had any questions about it, we were going to take him out. But he passed all the tests standing there and had a bit of a headache, but got through it fine. No dizziness, no disorientation, nothing like that. [Hamilton] whacked him pretty good, though."
Perez was 2 for 5 on the night with an RBI single. That RBI gave the Royals some insurance after Eric Hosmer gave the Royals a two-run 12th-inning lead with a home run.

Meanwhile, reliever Kelvin Herrera's status for Sunday is uncertain. Herrera and the Royals are still awaiting results of an MRI on the pitcher's right elbow after he left Thursday night's Game 1 with a mild flexor tendon strain. See the details here.

The Royals lead the best-of-five ALDS 2-0. Game 3 begins Sunday at 7:30 p.m. If the Royals win, they will advance to the American League Championship Series and visit the winner of the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers in their ALDS. Baltimore also leads 2-0, and their Game 3 begins Sunday at 3:30.

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