star catcher Expected to miss at most two weeks following a thumb injury on Tuesday. .
After Tuesday's opening game against the Chicago White Sox, Perez was placed on the 10-day injures list by the Royals.
Perez explained to reporters that the injury occurred when Perez swung through a pitch during a first at-bat against Chicago.. The seven-time All-Star walked out of the game in the seventh innings because he had trouble gripping the bat. However, Mike Matheny, Royal Manager, said that he still wanted to participate in Game 2 of this doubleheader.
Matheny stated that Matheny knew he had a strain, but he still wanted to play, according to MLB.com. “He knew that he could make it through it, but the problem is: “What are we risking?” “If it gets worse, we don’t want to risk a season ending injury.”
Perez, 32-year-old, wants to spend at least 10 days on the IL, but Perez acknowledged that a quick return will be difficult because his thumb is hurting from the catch.
“It's very sad to see Sal go. But it's encouraging that he won't be out too long,” Royals centerfielderThe Kansas City Star reported that he was. “Obviously, he is a major part of our team.”
Perez had a slow start to the season, hitting just.206 in his first 34 games. He also hit six home runs and had 16 RBIs. Perez was the 2015 World Series MVP and had 48 homers, 121 RBIs and led the majors in last season's championship.
Royals recall catcherPerez will be replaced on the active roster by Perez at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, but Perez is a rookie In the absence of Melendez, Melendez will serve as Kansas City’s primary catcher. Melendez, who catcher Tuesday's doubleheader on Tuesday, is currently batting.233 with one run in 30 at-bats.