In less than 24 hours, Royals catcher Salvador Perez was involved in a fender-bender, blasted a two-run homer, took a 92 mph fastball in the ribs and passed a pair of concussion tests.
All in a day’s work for Perez, who got the Royals started on their 9-6 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the American League Division Series with the home run.
The previous night, Perez and his agent were riding in an Uber heading toward a food truck when the car was involved in a collision.
“We just got out and took another Uber,” Perez said. “They didn’t hit us hard. The speed was like 5 miles (per hour).”
Contact involving Perez made during the game came with more impact and fright.
In the second inning, Perez lined a check-swing foul ball into the stands above the Astros dugout and struck a child. An adult emerged cradling a young boy and ran up the aisle to receive medical attention. The Astros announced later the boy was OK.
Two pitches later, Perez rocketed a 403-foot home run to right field to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.
Later in the game, Perez took a foul tip off his mask. He appeared stunned but remained in the game. He also was struck in the ribs by a Lance McCullers’ fast ball.
At that point, Royals manager Ned Yost sent in pinch runner Terrance Gore.
“When he got hit by the pitch I’m like, ‘OK, that’s enough beating for one day,’” Yost said.
Perez underwent two concussion tests, one during and one after the game. He’s expected to play in Game 5 on Wednesday.