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Salvador Perez placed on disabled list with intercostal strain

His right side is bothering him again.

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Kansas City Royals Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Salvador Perez left the game after six innings of play on Friday night against Seattle, following a strikeout in the sixth inning. After the game, the team announced he will be getting an MRI on his right rib area.

Perez injured his right side last Tuesday after striking out against the Detroit Tigers. He sat out one game but returned to the lineup by Thursday. Perez has been getting more off-days this year. He is on pace to catch 128 games this year, which would tie his games caught last year, the lowest of his career in a full season. He is fifth in baseball in games caught, eight games behind Yadier Molina going into tonight’s action.

Perez is enjoying his best power season this year, hitting .280/.310/.514 with 21 home runs going into Friday night’s game. However he has continued his trend of slumping badly in the second half, hitting just .239/.274/.433 this year since the All-Star break.

Drew Butera took over for Perez in tonight’s game. If Perez has to spend time on the 10-day disabled list, Cameron Gallagher would be the most likely candidate to come up. The former second-round pick is hitting .298/.343/.413 with five home runs in 67 games for AAA Omaha and has yet to make his Major League debut.

Saturday update:

This kind of injury could keep him out 3-5 weeks.

The Royals are trying to be optimistic however.

Sunday update: