TORONTO -- Catcher Salvador Perez is close to being back to his normal routine.
Perez was in the Royals' starting lineup for the fourth straight game on Thursday night against the Blue Jays. Previously the most consecutive days he'd caught was two. Manager Ned Yost feels that Perez is doing fine in his return from knee surgery on June 22.
There have been a couple of scares. Against Tampa Bay, a runner spiked Perez's surgically-repaired left knee but the only injury was a small cut. On Wednesday night against Toronto, a foul ball drilled his knee, but it was his right one. But again Perez went down into the dirt, causing concern.
"When I went out there to check on him, he said, 'I'm OK, I'm OK,'" ex-catcher Yost said. "I said, 'I know it hurts. I took a bunch of those off my knee, but I just never went on the ground after I took mine.' He just started laughing."
Yost will give Perez a day off on Friday at Detroit, then catch him in the last two games before the four-day All-Star break.
Perez not only went into Thursday night's game with a 10-game hitting streak, but he seems to have had a positive effect on the pitchers.
"Nobody's had a horrible game since he's been back in there," Yost said.