Two days after he first tweaked the patella tendon in his right knee, and one day after he returned to the lineup without any extra rest, Royals catcher Salvador Perez was scratched from Wednesday’s game at Coors Field. He experienced a recurrence of symptoms shortly before the game began.
“He went out for stretch and felt great,” manager Ned Yost said. “And then after stretching, at the start of B.P., his knee started tightening up right in that spot. With an off-day tomorrow, we wanted to take all the precautions, and give him two days.”
Of course, Perez had played the night before. He departed after six innings on Monday. His backup, Erik Kratz, homered twice in the final three innings of a victory over Minnesota.
Yet Perez still returned to action. Now team officials must hope his knee injury is not more serious than their initial belief. Perez himself insisted his knee felt “good” on Tuesday. He said he has not experienced pain, but only tightness.
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On Monday, Yost explained, trainer Nick Kenney determined Perez had not suffered any structural damage to the joint. Perez is now set for an MRI that the team expects to corroborate the diagnosis.
“That’s just to rule out anything,” Yost said. “Nick’s got a good handle on what it is. But that just rules anything out.”
The MRI will occur on Thursday. The team flew into the Dallas-Fort Worth area late after their game with the Rockies ended. Perez tore the meniscus in his left knee during spring training in 2012.
THE MATCHUPS IN TEXAS
The Royals have a day to recharge on Thursday. They split a two-game set with Colorado, but have still won four of six games on this trip.
They venture to Arlington to play the Rangers at the oven now known as Globe Life Park. Injuries sundered Texas’ season. Kansas City can benefit from the deluge of ailments.
Here are the pitching matchups for this three-game series to end a 10-day road trip:
Friday, 7:05 p.m.: Yordano Ventura (9-9, 3.48 ERA) vs. Colby Lewis (8-10, 5.52 ERA).
Saturday, 7:05 p.m.: Jeremy Guthrie (9-10, 4.48 ERA) vs. Nick Tepesch (4-7, 4.15 ERA).
Sunday, 2:05 p.m.: Jason Vargas (10-5, 3.17 ERA) vs. Miles Mikolas (1-5, 7.48 ERA).
FROM THE STAR
A few things went wrong on Wednesday: Perez got hurt. The offense went quiet. Christian Colon made an error. And Danny Duffy served up a grand slam in a loss to Colorado.
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HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC
“Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’” by Mayer Hawthorne.