Viloria was optioned to the alternate training site Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Viloria joined the Royals with Salvador Perez (eye) sidelined, and he received 21 at-bats over 15 games in his time with the team. Perez returns from the injured list Friday with Cam Gallagher set to work as the reserve catcher.
Viloria remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Indians, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. Since being recalled from the Royals' taxi squad Aug. 16, Viloria has started in seven of the team's 23 games, going 4-for-21 at the dish. Though top backstop Salvador Perez (eye) is still sidelined, Cam Gallagher will continue to serve as the No. 1 catcher until the former is ready to return from the 10-day injured list.
The Royals recalled Viloria from the taxi squad prior to Sunday's game against the Twins. He assumed the active roster spot of Jakob Junis (back), who was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Though Viloria drew the start at catcher Sunday after Salvador Perez (eye) was scratched ahead of the contest, he'll likely serve as the No. 2 option behind Cam Gallagher in the event Perez's bout with blurry vision results in him moving to the IL.
The Royals optioned Viloria to their alternate training site Thursday. Viloria's demotion helps the Royals get their roster down from 30 to 28 men ahead of Thursday's deadline. The Royals' No. 3 catcher had yet to appear in a game for the club this season.
Viloria was recalled by the Royals on Wednesday. Viloria could compete with Cam Gallagher for backup catcher at-bats this season, but it would take an injury to Salvador Perez for either player to earn significant playing time. Viloria hit just .211/.259/.286 in 42 games last season.
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