Royals All-Star Perez improving after suffering concussion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Injured Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez says he plans to play in the Boston series this weekend.

Perez suffered a minor concussion August 3 in a win against the New York Mets.

"Everything is good right now. I feel better everyday," Perez said.

Royals manager Ned Yost says he's seen improvement in the injured catcher during the past two days.

"He spent 15 minutes on the bike Wednesday. He passed the test. Today (Thursday) he's doing more extensive exercising. He's progressing nicely," said Yost.

Yost, who played in the league from 1980-1985, says concussion tests did not really exist during his playing career. Yost says he even took the field twice after suffering a concussion.

"We didn't know what they were back then. They have a much better understanding of what they are and the damage that can be done if you ignore it," said Yost. "I've seen careers ended with concussions. I didn't think that could happen, but it does happen. Sal is an extremely valuable component to our team so we can't take any chances."

Perez is hitting .278 with 4 home runs and 43 RBI's this season. The Royals placed him on the 7-day disabled list August 4.

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