Perez 'scared' by slide into knee

Perez 'scared' by slide into knee

Perez 'scared' by slide into knee
MINNEAPOLIS -- Catcher Salvador Perez admits he had some uncertain moments last Wednesday when the Rays' Ben Zobrist slid into his left knee in a play at the plate.

It was the first hard collision at the plate since Perez returned to the Royals a week ago after surgery on that knee.

"No bruise, just a little cut where he hit me with the spike," Perez said. "My shin guard broke a little bit and that's where he caught me."

There were a few tense moments when Perez was slow getting to his feet and waited for a trainer to check him out.

"I was scared because it's the first time it hurt a little bit but I came up, did a squat and everything and I was fine," Perez said.

Friday night against the Twins, Perez started the fifth game since his return from surgery.