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MRI comes back negative on Salvador Perez’s knee

Aug 21, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

Salvador Perez AP AP

Good news here for the first-place Royals — I just like saying that — as Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that an MRI on Salvador Perez‘s right knee revealed no structural damage.

Perez left Monday’s game after he tweaked the patella tendon in his knee while running the bases. He managed to return to the lineup on Tuesday and went 1-for-5 with an RBI double, but he was scratched yesterday due to renewed tightness in the knee. The Royals weren’t overly concerned about the situation, but they also didn’t want to take any chances. Now that an MRI has confirmed their initial diagnosis, he could return for the start of a three-game series against the Rangers tomorrow.

Perez, 24, is batting .268/.304/.417 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI over 115 games this season.

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