Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar out with bug bite infection

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Alcides Escobar was removed from yesterday’s lineup and is expected to sit out today’s game as well with an infection on his arm from a bug bite that he scratched.

According to manager Ned Yost the shortstop “scratched it and now he’s got red streaks and it’s swollen and warm.”

Yost added that it’s “nothing major” and said Escobar is on antibiotics to clear up the infection, so presumably he’ll be back in the lineup at some point later this week.

No word yet on if the bug in question is of the “bed” variety, and further whether Escobar knew to sleep tight and not let them bite.

Twins will not pick up Glen Perkins’ 2018 option

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The Twins have informed reliever Glen Perkins they will not pick up his 2018 club option worth $6.5 million, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Instead, he will be paid $700,000 per his buyout clause.

Perkins, 34, has pitched a total of 7 2/3 innings over the last two seasons due to shoulder and biceps injuries. Bollinger adds that the two could come to terms on a minor league deal, but if they can’t reach an agreement, the lefty is likely to retire.

From 2011-15, Perkins emerged as one of the better relievers in baseball, making three All-Star teams. He compiled an aggregate 2.84 ERA with 340 strikeouts and 73 walks across 313 1/3 innings.