Salvador Perez cleared for light cardio work

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The updates remain promising for Royals catcher Salvador Perez, who suffered a concussion last Saturday when he was hit in the mask by a foul tip.

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the talented 23-year-old got clearance for light cardio work Wednesday from the Royals medical staff. His first planned workout is a 15-minute ride on a stationary bike and he is going to be monitored closely for lingering post-concussion symptoms.

If the ride goes smoothly, Perez could resume jogging by the end of this week and restart baseball activities by early next week. He was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list on August 4.

Perez is batting .278/.309/.382 with four home runs and 43 RBI through 92 games this season for the 57-53 Royals, who are relying on George Kottaras and Brett Hayes behind the plate in his absence.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.