The Royals have recalled catcher Tony Cruz from AAA Omaha and optioned reliever Peter Moylan to Omaha. The move could signal that the Royals only expect catcher Salvador Perez to be out just a few days after he injured himself in the ninth inning of Saturday's game against Chicago. Perez suffered a quad contusion after colliding with third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert on a foul pop up. An MRI today showed no ligament damage and the Royals expect Perez to be out 7-10 days, according to Ned Yost.
The 29-year old Cruz is a five-year Major League veteran who is a career .220/.262/.310 hitter in 633 plate appearances, all with the Cardinals. He is about league-average at throwing out runners, gunning 27% of base-steal attempts in his career. The Royals acquired him last winter in exchange for minor league infielder Jose Martinez. The right-handed hitter was doing well in Omaha, hitting .278/.352/.417 with 3 HR 20 RBI in 31 games.
The 37-year old Moylan is optioned down after a 2.45 ERA in 7 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and two walks. The move brings the Royals back down to 12 pitchers.