The Royals placed catcher Salvador Perez on the 10-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain, per an announcement on Sunday. The move is retroactive to August 5, though the backstop has suffered from recurring rib tightness over the last several months. Cameron Gallagher was recalled from Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move and was made available off the bench for Sunday’s doubleheader against the Mariners.
In a best-case scenario, Perez will be eligible for reinstatement during the Royals’ road trip in Oakland on August 15. According to MLB.com’s Wilson Alexander, club manager Ned Yost postponed the disabled list assignment in hopes that Perez would make “a miraculous recovery” — in other words, that the swelling would subside and reveal little to no damage — but had no such luck. The Royals should have an updated rehab schedule for their catcher in the next couple of days, but could be looking at a four-week DL stint, which would sideline Perez through all but a few weeks of the regular season.
Perez, 27, is batting .278/.308/.510 with 21 home runs and an .817 OPS through 391 PA this season. He went 0-for-3 during Friday’s 5-2 loss, making an early exit in the sixth inning after sustaining a right intercostal strain on a swinging strikeout against James Paxton. He was replaced by Drew Butera, who’s expected to shoulder most of the catching duties in his absence and will be supported by backup catcher Cameron Gallagher.
CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that Phillies outfielder Nick Williams has been working out daily with free agent starter Jake Arrieta in Austin. The right-hander, who won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award, still remains teamless with spring training less than a month away. Williams has been trying to sell Arrieta on joining the Phillies.
Williams said of Arrieta, “He loves it here [Austin]. He has told me he likes working with young guys. I’m like, ‘All right, come on up.’ But I’m not writing the check. I don’t know what he wants. I don’t really dig into that because I’m not really in his position.”
On GM Matt Klentak’s hunt for pitching help, new manager Gabe Kapler said, “The pursuit is very real. I have a lot of trust that we’ll either go in [to spring training] with a new toy or we will pass on the opportunity because we’re better off giving this collection of pitchers a really healthy look because we thought that we could go acquire that piece a little bit later on this season or in the offseason next year.”
Arrieta, who turns 32 years old in March, went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA and a 163/55 K/BB ratio in 168 1/3 innings last season with the Cubs. The Cubs, Cardinals, and Brewers have been linked to Arrieta this month.
Presently, the Phillies’ starting rotation figures to include Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Vince Velasquez along with some combination of Nick Pivetta, Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Mark Leiter, and Jake Thompson. Arrieta would certainly amount to a big upgrade in the starting rotation and could make the Phillies a more attractive landing spot for Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, who become free agents after the 2018 campaign. The Phillies are expected to be in the mix for either or both players.