• by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Royals' Drew Butera gives Salvador Perez a break from field

    Royals catcher Salvador Perez gets a break from the field on Sunday. Perez is in the starting lineup at designated hitter for Sunday's game. It's Perez's second start at DH this year and first since June 30. Replacing Perez at catcher is Drew Butera, who gets his 12th start behind the plate and second in three games.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    C Drew Butera gets nod behind the plate for Royals

    Catcher Drew Butera will make his third start for the Royals on Monday since being acquired from the Angels, starting against the Yankees and hitting ninth. Butera's last start came on May 14 and he's seen just two plate appearances since then. He has two hits in eight at-bats with the Royals. Second baseman Omar Infante is the only Royals starter with experience against Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, with two hits in three at-bats.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Royals facing decision on backup catchers Erik Kratz, Drew Butera

    The Royals will have to make a decision soon on what they will do with their backup catcher role, according to MLB.com. Erik Kratz was pegged as the team's second catcher, even after the team acquired Drew Butera from the Angels. With Kratz currently on the DL, Butera has done well in his place, posting a .218 average with four runs scored this season. Manager Ned Yost will answer when he has Kratz available. "I'm not going to answer those questions until Kratzie comes off the rehab," Yost said. "We'll make a determination then and do it like we always do. We'll get together as an organization and plot it out. "Right now, we got two really good options and we have to decide the best option." Yost really likes the defense Kratz brings to the plate. "Butera's defense is really good. Kratzie's offensive capabilities, mostly his power, is very, very good," Yost said. "Butera's offense is good and he understands situations to do what you want your backup catcher to do -- he can bunt, go the other way, move runners. You got a runner on third base and [Butera] will find a way to get him in."

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Royals' Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Perez get a breather Thursday

    The Royals gave center fielder Lorenzo Cain and catcher Salvador Perez the day off Thursday against the Royals, per MLB.com. With both players out, manager Ned Yost inserted Drew Butera behind the plate and in the eighth spot, and Jarrod Dyson in center field and in the ninth spot in the order. Kansas City is favored (-110) against the Rangers in Arlington, per VegasInsider.com.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Royals C Salvador Perez returns to lineup on Sunday

    After taking Saturday off, Royals catcher Salvador Perez is back in Kansas City's lineup and is batting sixth. Perez missed only his second game of the season when he sat Saturday. He's back in the lineup for Drew Butera, who replaced him on his day off. Perez is hitting .306/.316/.459 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 111 at-bats. The Royals will face Tigers pitcher Shane Greene, who Perez is 0 for 3 with a strikeout against.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Royals C Perez out of lineup Saturday, Butera starting vs. Tigers

    Royals catcher Salvador Perez is out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Tigers. It's just the second time this season that Perez hasn't been behind the plate for the Royals. He has hit .306/.316/.459 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 111 at-bats. Drew Butera, who was acquired by the Royals Thursday, is getting the start and batting ninth. The Royals are underdogs (+140) in Detroit Saturday, per VegasInsider.com.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Angels swap C Drew Butera to Royals for INF Ryan Jackson

    In an exchange of backups, the Angels have traded catcher Drew Butera to the Royals for infielder Ryan Jackson. The 31-year-old Butera, who had been designated for assignment Monday, has four hits in 21 at-bats this season. "Obviously, our hope was that we would be able to maintain Drew in the organization, but he's been a backup catcher in the big leagues for a number of year," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told MLB.com. "As soon as we designated him for assignment, it became fairly clear that he was going to get claimed on waivers, so putting together a trade made the most sense." Jackson, who has now been with four different organizations since 2012, has two hits in 24 big-league at-bats. But he was batting .305 this year with Triple-A Omaha.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Angels recall catcher Carlos Perez from Triple-A, DFA Drew Butera

    The Angels have recalled catcher Carlos Perez from Triple-A Salt Lake and designated Drew Butera for assignment, the team announced Monday. Perez appeared in 17 games for Salt Lake with a .361 average and 12 RBI in 72 at-bats. Butera is hitting .190 in 21 at-bats this season.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Angels catcher Chris Iannetta out of the lineup Tuesday

    Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is out of the lineup Tuesday with Drew Butera drawing the start behind the plate, the team announced. Iannetta and Butera have been splitting starts of late, with Butera drawing his third start in the last five games Tuesday. He is hitting .182 in 11 at-bats this season.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Angels' Grant Green starting at second base Saturday

    The Angels will start Grant Green at second base Saturday, giving Johnny Giavotella just his second day off of the season, the team announced. Green, who was called up by Los Angeles Friday, lost out on the position battle in spring training to Giavotella and is hitting .328 with four doubles and three triples in 61 at-bats so far this season for Triple-A. Also in the starting lineup Saturday is Matt Joyce and Drew Butera, giving Collin Cowgill and Chris Iannetta the day off. The Angels are currently the favorites Saturday (-160) against the Rangers.