With the Royals sporting a 3 - 0 lead and three innings to go, Salvador Perez mysteriously departed the game. There did not appear to be any clear point of injury in the game action.
As Andy McCullough reports:
Salvador Perez has discomfort in his right knee. The team dubbed it a "precautionary measure."— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) August 19, 2014
In the top of the seventh, Erik Kratz stepped to the plate in Salvador Perez's place. Without warning.
Of course, Kratz hanged dong in that very at-bat and then followed it up with another dong hanging in his next plate appearance, so one can safely assume that he will do so in every plate appearance he logs in Perez's absence.
For those concerned about Perez's surgically repaired knee that sidelined him for much of the 2012 season, this should maybe assuage your concerns:
Perez underwent surgery on his left knee in 2012. As you know.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) August 19, 2014
Per the At-Bat notification on my phone, he is listed as day-to-day.
Still, in the heat of the pennant race, one assumes Perez is integral to the Royals' continued success. We all wait on pins and needles for more substantive news.
Per a late-night McCullough tweet:
Salvador Perez says his knee feels tight, but with little pain. He says he can play tomorrow. He always says he can play tomorrow.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) August 19, 2014
Obviously, this is nothing official, but at least it's not bad news.