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.
Ned Yost said Salvador Perez was undergoing an MRI on his right side. This sounds slightly more concerning than previous side issues.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) August 5, 2017
Ned Yost says it's the right side on Salvy Perez. Different spot this time. Called it a little more concerning. MRI now, know more tomorrow— Joel Goldberg (@goldbergkc) August 5, 2017
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.
Salvador Perez's last DL stint came in August 2013. The Royals went 5-2 vs the Mets/Twins/Red Sox during that Concussion DL stint— Brandon H. (@BHIndepMO) August 5, 2017
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.
Salvy Perez has intercostal strain, not oblique. Team will re-evaluate in 48 hours. Roster move will depend if game is played.— Pete Grathoff (@pgrathoff) August 5, 2017
This kind of injury could keep him out 3-5 weeks.
RE Intercostal strain for Salvador Perez: Average DL time for position players is 29 days (excluding guys who ended season on DL) pic.twitter.com/8cH3nq5Dkz— Shaun Newkirk (@Shauncore) August 5, 2017
The Royals are trying to be optimistic however.
Ned Yost said if the #Royals do play tonight then they will have to put Salvador Perez on the DL— Charlie Karlen (@CKarlenKC) August 5, 2017
Adds that worst case scenario on Perez at moment seems to be 4 weeks, best case about 10 days.— Vahe Gregorian (@vgregorian) August 5, 2017
Salvador Perez has been placed on the 10-day DL, retro to Aug. 5. Cam Gallagher is coming up.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) August 6, 2017