The K Zone

August 19, 2014

Salvador Perez returns to Royals’ lineup, won’t miss time due to knee injury

Erik Kratz homered twice in Perez’s place, but he will still spend Tuesday on the bench.

The K Zone

Andy McCullough blogs about the Royals and baseball

It’s as if the Royals never left Minneapolis. Rain is in the forecast, and Salvador Perez is in the lineup. Erik Kratz homered twice in Perez’s place, but he will still spend Tuesday on the bench.

Perez will not receive a night off, despite tweaking the patella in his right knee on Monday. Perez, as expected, referred to his current physical condition as “good.”

Here are the lineups as James Shields (11-6, 3.29 ERA) faces Tyler Matzek (2-8, 5.50 ERA):

ROYALS (69-55)

1. Nori Aoki, RF.

2. Omar Infante, 2B.

3. Salvador Perez, C.

4. Billy Butler, 1B.

5. Alex Gordon, LF.

6. Lorenzo Cain, CF.

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

8. Alcides Escobar, SS.

9. James Shields, P.

ROCKIES (49-75)

1. Charlie Blackmon, RF.

2. Drew Stubbs, CF.

3. Justin Morneau, 1B.

4. Nolan Arenado, 3B.

5. Corey Dickerson, LF.

6. Michael McKenry, C.

7. Josh Rutledge, SS.

8. D.J. LeMahieu, 2B.

9. Tyler Matzek, P.

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