The Royals have activated catcher Salvador Perez and outfielder Alex Gordon from the disabled list, optioning catcher Cam Gallagher and outfielder Paulo Orlando to Omaha to make room on the roster. The return of Perez is a much needed boost to the Royals, who have been without their field general all season. Perez had missed the first four weeks of the season with a knee injury, an MCL tear he suffered while carrying his luggage. His return to action comes coincidentally when the Milwaukee Brewers and his “hermanito” Lorenzo Cain are in town.
Gordon suffered a left hip injury, tearing his labrum back in early April. He was 4-for-23 (.174) with six strikeouts to begin the year. His return helps stabilize an outfield defense that had some misplays in the last week. Paulo Orlando had struggled this season, batting just .191/.224/.234 in 49 plate appearances. Orlando got off to a great start in 2016, but slumped late in the year, and has hit just .195/.225/.278 in 139 plate appearances over the last two seasons, although injuries hampered him last year.
The Royals also announced they have placed reliever Justin Grimm on the 10-day disabled list with back stiffness and have called up left-handed reliever Eric Stout from Omaha. Grimm had given up 17 runs in seven innings with nine walks. The 25-year old Stout had given up four runs in 7 2⁄3 innings for Omaha, and had a 2.99 ERA in 69 1⁄3 innings for them last year with 7.3 strikeout s and 3.8 walks per-nine innings.
Perez is in the starting lineup tonight against Brewers starter Zach Davies batting fourth. Alex Gordon will hit seventh in left field.