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.