The scene at Citi Field during the 12th inning of the Kansas City Royals 4-3 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night, was anything but enjoyable for catcher Salvador Perez. As a foul tip ricocheted off the mask from the bat of Justin Turner, Perez was left with yet another in a series of recent blows to his head and jaw in the past few weeks.
Despite staying in for the remainder of the game, Perez was diagnosed with a low-grade concussion and placed on the seven-day disabled list immediately following the win. After resting at home in Kansas City on Monday, he was due to report for a battery of tests at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday.
"They'll check his impact tests and see if he's making progress. Once
the headache's gone and he's not symptomatic anymore, then they'll start
allowing him to do some light exercises," manager Ned Yost said
The dizzying look seen on Perez's face on Saturday, has been an all too common sight during the Royals recent hot-streak back into contention. His most recent episode marked the third time since July 22nd, that Perez had taken a foul tip to the mask. The concern of long-term effects from a multitude of head injuries in such a short period of time, will warrant a close watch on Perez's period of recovery.
In the interim, George Kottaras and Brett Hayes will split time behind the plate until the All-Star backstop is ready to return.
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