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.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Major League Baseball has told Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong that he has to get rid of the colorful arm sleeve he’s been wearing, pictured above, that pays tribute to his native Hawaii and seeks to raise awareness of recovery efforts from the destruction caused by the erupting Mount Kilauea.
[Wong] has been notified by Major League Baseball that he will face a fine if he continues to wear an unapproved sleeve that features Hawaiian emblem. Wong said he will stash the sleeve, like Jose Martinez had to do with his Venezuelan-flag sleeve, and find other ways to call attention to his home island.
None of these guys are being singled out, it seems. Rather, this is all part of a wider sweep Major League Baseball is making with respect to the uniformity of uniforms. As Goold notes at the end of his piece, however, MLB has no problem whatsoever with players wearing a non-uniform article of underclothing as long as it’s from an MLB corporate sponsor. Such as this sleeve worn by Marcell Ozuna, and supplied by Nike that, last I checked, were not in keeping with the traditional St. Louis Cardinals livery:
If Nike was trying to get people to buy Hawaii or Venezuela compression sleeves, I’m sure there would be no issue here. They’re not, however, and it seems like creating awareness and support for people suffering from natural, political and humanitarian disasters do not impress the powers that be nearly as much.