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Perez nursing sore hip after hitting dugout fence

Yost unsure if Royals catcher will be able to play Tuesday against Astros

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HOUSTON -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez left Monday night's 6-5 loss to the Astros in the middle of the sixth inning with discomfort in his right hip. He will continue to be evaluated.

In the bottom of the fifth, Perez slammed into a post on the fence in front of the Houston dugout as he attempted to catch a foul ball off the bat of Jason Castro. After a brief delay, Perez remained in the game. He was replaced by George Kottaras prior to the Astros' half of the sixth,

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Royals manager Ned Yost wasn't sure whether Perez would be able to play on Tuesday night against the Astros.

"He's just got a bruised hip," Yost said. "We'll see how he feels [Tuesday]. It's sore right now. When he hit the fence, he kind of jammed his leg back up in there, so it's sore. We'll have to reevaluate tomorrow."

Perez said after the game he thought he would be able to play on Tuesday.

Perez went 1-for-3, including a single and a run scored in the fourth. He grounded into a double play in the fifth and also struck out in the second.

The last of the fifth ended when Royals left fielder Alex Gordon threw out Chris Carter at home on a perfect strike to Perez, who tagged out Carter as he attempted to score from second on Jimmy Paredes' single.

Gene Duffey is a contributor to

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