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Royals place Salvador Perez on 10-day disabled list with right intercostal strain

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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.

Apparent roster snafu changes Blue Jays pitching plans

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ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.

After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.

As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.

The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.

Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.

Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.