Royals

Royals’ Perez sticks with same mask after foul tip to chin

Updated: 2013-09-07T15:23:29Z

By BLAIR KERKHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Royals manager Ned Yost thought catcher Salvador Perez would sport a new look with a different mask on Friday against the Tigers.

But when the game opened, Perez opted for the same face cage he’s worn most of the season, instead of the one the Royals had hoped would give him better protection.

“I didn’t feel comfortable with the new one,” Perez said. “I tried it, but I don’t feel comfortable with it, I don’t want to use it. I’m going to stay with the (original) one.”

Talk of the switch occurred before Friday’s game and the proposed move was inspired by Thursday’s incident, a foul tip that Perez took off the chin area.

It happened in the fifth inning of the Royals’ 7-6, 13-inning triumph over the Mariners, and after Perez delivered an RBI single in the bottom half of the frame, he left the game with dizziness.

Perez was cleared by concussion tests to play in the 16-2 loss to the Tigers on Friday, and he considered switching to a mask that better absorbs impact, one he used briefly earlier in the season.

“He’s had three or four balls off the side of the mask, and that’s no problem,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It’s when he gets hit in the jaw, that’s causing the problem.”

One move that did happen — Perez set up closer to the plate.

“We’re going to scoot him up under the hitters a little closer, see if maybe he can dodge some fouls balls that way,” Yost said.

Perez spent a week on the seven-day concussion list in early August after taking a foul tip off the mask.

Cain at the plate

Lorenzo Cain got his first at-bat in about a month and grounded out to shortstop in the seventh. He popped out to left in the ninth.

No production, but he was finally back in the batter’s box.

Earlier in the day, Cain took batting practice and declared himself fit.

“It felt pretty good,” Cain said. “The next step is to get on the field. I’m ready to go.”

Until he entered Thursday’s game as a defensive replacement in right field, Cain had missed 25 games with a strained oblique. He’s having a terrific year defensively and entered Friday’s game hitting .261 with four home runs and 43 RBIs.

Storm Chasers advance

Omaha’s making the most of its postseason appearance.

The Class AAA Storm Chasers got a three-run homer from Gorkys Hernandez in the eighth inning and defeated Oklahoma City 7-6 to sweep the three-game series and advance in the Pacific Coast League playoffs.

No word yet on whether Yordano Ventura will pitch in the next round. One of the Royals’ top pitching prospects, Ventura was scheduled to start the first game, but he arrived late to the ballpark in Oklahoma City. At the time, team officials said his status for the rest of the series was to be determined. Ventura didn’t pitch in the series.

Getz out

Yost ruled second baseman Chris Getz out for Friday’s game. Getz left Tuesday’s game with the Mariners with dizziness and stomach problems.

Butler moves up RBI list

Billy Butler’s first inning single scored Erik Hosmer to produce career RBI No. 553, moving him past John Mayberry and into sixth place on the Royals’ all-time list. That was the Royals’ highlight of the night.

This day in Royals history

As the Royals continue to pile up stolen bases — they lead the majors with 130 entering Friday’s game — we recall the greatest base pilfering day by an individual in team history. On Sept. 7, 1971, Amos Otis set a club record with five stolen bases against the Milwaukee Brewers at Municipal Stadium.

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/BlairKerkhoff.

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