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.
Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea delivered his first career no-hitter against the Red Sox in a decisive 3-0 victory on Saturday night. Any thought of a perfect game was banished in the first at-bat, when Mookie Betts drew a leadoff six-pitch walk to open the first inning. From there, Manaea was nearly flawless, holding the Sox to four total baserunners and striking out 10 of 30 batters faced — a career record.
Manaea was gifted a three-run lead thanks to RBI doubles from Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien‘s solo shot off of Chris Sale in the fifth inning. While the Red Sox managed to draw two walks off of Manaea, they didn’t come anywhere close to plating a run. Andrew Benintendi tried to break up the no-no in the sixth inning with an infield hit down the first base line, but strayed out of bounds and later saw his hit reversed on a call of batter interference.
Entering the ninth inning, the 26-year-old lefty was sitting at just 95 pitches through eight frames of no-hit ball. He quickly deposed Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts with a groundout and fly out, then walked Benintendi on seven pitches. Any threat the Red Sox might have posed was soon eliminated, however, as Hanley Ramirez ground into a force out to complete the no-hitter.
Manaea is the first A’s pitcher to toss a no-no since Dallas Braden’s perfect game against the Rays eight years ago. The last time the Red Sox were on the losing end of a no-hitter was also against an AL West rival, when the Mariners’ Chris Bosio clinched a 2-0 no-no on April 22, 1993. Manaea’s feat is even more outstanding given how dominant the Red Sox have looked this season: prior to Saturday’s defeat, they boasted a 17-2 record and had yet to be shut out during the regular season.