Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez suffered a quad contusion Saturday after colliding with third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert while trying to field a foul pop-up.
According to the Kansas City Star‘s Rustin Dodd, “Perez called for the ball and was in the process of making the catch when Cuthbert ran into his left thigh, spinning him to the ground” in the ninth inning.
It is uncertain when Perez will be ready to return to the lineup.
Continue for updates.
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Dodd reported the Royals have decided not to place Perez on the disabled list “in the event he’s ready [to return] in the seven- to 10-day range.” Dodd also reported an “MRI showed no structural damage.”
Yost Comments on Perez’s Injury
Saturday, May 28
Although the collision looked nasty, Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters Perez did not suffer any structural damage to his knee, per ESPN.com.
MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reported “Yost did not think it was a season-ending injury, though certainly a trip to the disabled list was possible.”
Royals Struggling with Injuries in 2016
Perez’s injury caps off a tumultuous week on the injury front. Third baseman Mike Moustakas and left fielder Alex Gordon collided in a game against the Chicago White Sox last Sunday, and both players received bad news.
Moustakas is on the shelf indefinitely with an ACL tear in his right knee, while Gordon hit the disabled list with a broken bone in his right wrist.
With Perez out, veteran catcher Drew Butera will serve as the Royals’ primary replacement. Entering Saturday’s showdown with the White Sox, Butera was batting .211 with a .250 on-base percentage and two RBI over the course of 20 plate appearances. Dodd stated that “Tony Cruz will back up Drew Butera in interim.”
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