Perez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the White Sox. Manager Mike Scioscia gave the majority of his regulars the night off after being eliminated from playoff contention Wednesday, which afforded Perez the opportunity to make his first start since joining the majors Sept. 1. It was the 26-year-old's first homer of the 2017 campaign. He should return to the bench Friday in favor of Martin Maldonado.
Perez was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Perez made the Opening Day roster but went just 1-for-13 before being sent down. While he went on to post a .352/.423/.502 line with Salt Lake, his track record at the big-league level suggests that was more to do with the friendly hitting environments in the PCL rather than any significant skills growth. Perez's playing time figures to be limited behind Martin Maldonado and Juan Graterol.
Perez was optioned Wednesday to Triple-A Salt Lake, MLB.com's Maria I. Guardado reports. Perez was off to a 1-for-13 start with four strikeouts at the plate and committed two errors behind the dish. The Angels most likely want to see more production out of their backup catcher, and called up Juan Graterol to fill that role.
Perez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks. Perez has flashed some pop this spring, watching three of his seven hits leave spring training facilities. Unfortunately, those seven hits have come in 37 at-bats, resulting in a .189 batting average. Earlier in the spring, manager Mike Scioscia said that a timeshare is possible behind the dish this season between Perez and Martin Maldonado, and that seems to remain the case as we inch closer to Opening Day.
Manager Mike Scioscia said that he will let his catcher situation play out this spring and Perez isn't guaranteed to be a backup, the Orange Country Register reports. It was thought that Martin Maldonado would see the majority of starts behind the dish when the club acquired him this offseason, and while that may end up happening, it appears Perez will get a chance to prove himself this spring. Neither option offers much from an offensive standpoint, so a timeshare would ultimately end what little fantasy value both catchers would have had if there was a full-time starter.
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