Playoffs 2015: Royals catcher Salvador Perez expected to play in ALDS Game 5

null null Baseball Royals catcher Salvador Perez, who left Game 4 of the AL Division Series against the Astros after being struck in the mask by a foul ball, is expected to play in Wednesday's decisive Game 5 in Kansas City, according to multiple reports.Perez took the foul tip to the mask in the sixth inning Monday and was forced to watch the Royals' improbable rally from the trainer's room with ice around his neck, ESPN reported. MORE: Best photos from the ALDS | Mother, son sought in Dodger Stadium assault"They did a concussion test after the game (Monday) in the trainer's room, but I passed everything," said Perez, who also was hit by a pitch in the seventh. "Everything is great; everything is good. I will catch (Wednesday)." If Perez plays, then manager Ned Yost could use the same lineup Wednesday for a fifth consecutive game against the Astros, with his catcher in the No. 7 spot in the lineup. Perez was replaced behind the plate Monday by Drew Butera.ESPN noted that what an interesting 20-hour run Perez had from Sunday night into Monday's game: He was involved in a minor traffic accident Sunday night as an Uber passenger, hit a second-inning home run Monday and then was knocked out of the game.


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