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.

Nats players are fed up with their bullpen issues

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Tom Boswell of the Washington Post does frequent Q&As with readers and today he had quite the A to one of their Qs.

The question was about the Nats’ bullpen, which is obviously a glaring weakness on an otherwise excellent team. Following a long answer talking about the approach to bullpen construction, he dropped this:

On Friday, yet ANOTHER National simply walked up to me and said, “When the hell are they going to get this done? What are they waiting for? Waiting is just doing more damage.”

He didn’t even have to say what subject he was talking about or whom “they” were but it’s the bullpen and the Lerners.

A team has a problem when all a reporter has to do is say, “How’s it going?” and an established part of the team blasts the owners for not understanding what’s happening in their own dugout/clubhouse.

The Nats have a bit of a history venting to the Post’s reporters in ways a lot of players don’t vent, but that’s usually when things are going bad overall. These days, things are going pretty good for the Nats, the bum bullpen notwithstanding. I guess one weakness on an otherwise good team is annoying as hell.

But I guess now that they’re getting K-Rod, all of that will end.

The Nats are going to sign Francisco Rodriguez for some reason

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The Nationals bullpen is a tire fire. They’re about to add another tire. Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Washington is about to sign free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez.

K-Rod was released by the Tigers last week after posting an ERA of 7.82 over 28 appearances this season. He has a 1.658 WHIP, is allowing 11.9 hits per nine innings and is posting his highest walk rate in five years. Also worth noting: the Detroit Friggin’ Tigers decided that he was not good enough to be in their bullpen.

So, yeah, good luck with that Washington.