Royals still keeping close eye on Perez

Royals still keeping close eye on Perez

DETROIT -- Catcher Salvador Perez will be available to play up to four days per week as the Royals and their medical staff continue to evaluate his playing time.

Perez, who returned from knee surgery on June 22, saw his 11-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-4 in Saturday's 8-7 loss to the Tigers -- his first game back without at least one hit.

Royals manager Ned Yost said that Perez is "completely healthy and strong." Perez had a scheduled off-day on Friday, but started both Saturday and Sunday at Comerica Park.

"We have confidence in Salvador that he is throwing, catching and hitting really well," Yost said. "He feels great. We're going to be smart with our game plan on how much to use him, but right now he's doing everything well."

Yost said that one of his "worst fears" coming into Spring Training was an injury to his young catcher, but now that Perez has recovered, Yost is happy with his continued progress.

"Sal is a quick healer," Yost said. "It should say something about how much we like him as a player and his future that we signed him to a five-year contract after he was up with us [in the Majors] for two months last year."