MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Royals catcher Salvador Perez slipped while carrying his luggage last night, tearing his MCL. He’s expected to be out for four to six weeks.
That’s obviously a huge loss for the Royals. Perez has emerged as one of the best catchers in the game. Last season, he hit .268/.297/.495 with 27 home runs and 80 RBI while ranking among the better defensive backstops.
Perez was also coming off of a terrific spring. He hit .350 with six homers and 11 RBI in 44 PA. Drew Butera, who was going to be Perez’s backup, will likely step up into a regular starting role.
ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.
The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).