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  • Red Sox's Roberto Perez: Lands with Boston

    Perez (shoulder) signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    Perez made the Giants' Opening Day roster out of spring training last year, but he tore his right rotator cuff in early April and underwent season-ending surgery. The veteran catcher is a career .207/.298/.358 hitter in 1,769 plate appearances at the major-league level and turns 35 years old later this month.

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  • Giants' Roberto Perez: Has season-ending shoulder surgery

    Perez underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday to repair his right rotator cuff, Danny Emerman of KNBR 680 San Francisco reports.

    Perez suffered a severe strain of his right rotator cuff in just his second week with the Giants after starting behind the plate in five of their first seven games. He'll be a free agent this winter. Joey Bart now has another opportunity to establish himself as the immediate and long-term answer at catcher in San Francisco, though Rule 5 pick Blake Sabol has also been a factor in the early going. Gary Sanchez is currently getting built up at Triple-A Sacramento after recently joining the organization on a minor-league deal.

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  • Giants' Roberto Perez: Lands on 60-day injured list

    Perez was placed on the 60-day injured list Saturday with a right rotator cuff strain, Sonja Chen of MLB.com reports.

    Perez exited Friday's game against Kansas City with the injury and will now be sidelined for at least the next two months. The 34-year-old was operating as San Francisco's primary backstop, but Blake Sabol and a newly-promoted Austin Wynns will now handle the catching duties until Joey Bart (back) returns from the injured list.

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  • Giants' Roberto Perez: Diagnosed with shoulder strain

    Perez left Friday's game against Kansas City with a right shoulder strain, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    While the severity of Perez's injury and how long he might be sidelined remain unknown, it seems as though the backstop avoided what could have been a much worse fate. Blake Sabol will assume primary catching duties while Perez and Joey Bart (back) work their way back from injuries.

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  • Giants' Roberto Perez: Exits early with injury

    Perez left Friday's game against the Royals after throwing to second base in an attempt to catch Kyle Isbel stealing, Evan Webeck of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Perez immediately headed for the dugout after making the throw, seemingly in quite a bit of pain. The Giants will take a look at him and should provide an update relatively soon. If he's forced to remain out for an extended period of time, Blake Sabol would become the only active catcher on San Francisco's roster. Joey Bart (back) is set to begin a rehab assignment soon, but depending on the severity of Perez's injury, his return could be accelerated.

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  • Giants' Roberto Perez: Not in lineup Thursday

    Perez is not in the lineup Thursday afternoon against the White Sox.

    Blake Sabol will take a turn behind the plate and bat ninth versus White Sox righty Lance Lynn. LaMonte Wade is in left field and batting leadoff. Perez seems to have emerged as the Giants' primary catcher with Joey Bart (back) on the injured list, but he'll grab some rest during Thursday's matinee game in Chicago.

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  • Giants' Roberto Perez: Serving as primary backstop

    Perez will start at catcher and bat ninth in Monday's game against the White Sox, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Perez has now started behind the dish in three of the Giants' first four games of the season, and he'll likely remain the team's preferred option behind the dish for the foreseeable future after Joey Bart (back) was moved to the injured list over the weekend. The Giants have Rule 5 pick Blake Sabol on hand as another option at catcher, but he should see the bulk of his action in left field while Mitch Haniger (oblique) is on the shelf. Perez has gone 1-for-6 with four strikeouts through his first two games and is a career .207/.298/.359 hitter (77 wRC+) over parts of 10 seasons in the majors, so he likely won't be anything more than a low-end No. 2 option in leagues that start two catchers while he's receiving steady plate appearances.

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  • Giants' Roberto Perez: Joins roster, starting Opening Day

    The Giants selected Perez's contract Thursday, and he'll start at catcher and bat ninth in San Francisco's Opening Day game at Yankee Stadium, Danny Emerman of KNBR 680 San Francisco reports.

    The team had already made it known a few days earlier that Perez would make the Opening Day roster, but it's still somewhat surprising that he's getting the starting nod Thursday over Joey Bart, who had been expected to see the lion's share of the work behind the dish in 2023. The fact that Perez is drawing the first start of the season could hint that a timeshare between the two backstops could be in place until Bart shows more improved plate discipline after he struck out at a 38.5 percent clip in 2022.

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  • Giants' Roberto Perez: Will make Opening Day roster

    Perez will be a part of San Francisco's Opening Day roster, Evan Webeck of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Perez was signed to a minor league-deal with an invite to MLB spring training, and the Giants will have to purchase his contract in the coming days. He could see a good deal of playing time in 2023, but he likely will open the year as the backup backstop to Joey Bart.

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  • Giants' Roberto Perez: Joining San Francisco

    Perez agreed to a contract with the Giants on Sunday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Perez played in just 21 games for Pittsburgh last season before he ruptured his right hamstring and underwent season-ending surgery. The 34-year-old could open 2023 by splitting playing time with Joey Bart, who had a .660 OPS in his first full season as a starter behind the plate last year.

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  • Pirates' Roberto Perez: Could be ready for winter ball

    Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Perez (hamstring) may receive full medical clearance for the start of winter ball, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

    After undergoing surgery May 20 to repair a ruptured right hamstring, Perez won't be a candidate to return from the 60-day IL before the end of the season, but his projected 6-to-9-month recovery timeline gives him a chance at being ready to play in December. The native Puerto Rican could elect to play winter ball on his home island or perhaps elsewhere in Latin America this winter with the hope of proving his health and securing a contract with an MLB team ahead of spring training. The 33-year-old backstop posted a .700 OPS in 69 plate appearances for the Pirates before sustaining the season-ending injury.

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  • Pirates' Roberto Perez: Undergoes surgery

    Perez underwent surgery to repair a ruptured hamstring injury Friday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

    The Pirates announced this week that Perez would miss the remainder of the season following his procedure, and he'll now shift his focus toward his lengthy recovery process. The team hopes Perez will be able to resume full baseball activities in 6-to-9 months, so it seems likely that he'll be available to begin the 2023 season.

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  • Pirates' Roberto Perez: Gets season-ending surgery

    The Pirates announced Wednesday that Perez will undergo season-ending surgery on his left hamstring in the near future, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

    Perez, who signed a one-year, $5 million deal with Pittsburgh in November, appeared in just 21 games before hitting the shelf earlier this month with what ultimately proved to be a season-ending injury. The Pirates will likely lean on a platoon of Michael Perez and Tyler Heineman at catcher the rest of the way, barring any further additions to the position group.

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  • Pirates' Roberto Perez: Moves to 60-day IL

    The Pirates transferred Perez (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Wednesday.

    Other than characterizing the hamstring injury Perez sustained Saturday as significant or severe, the Pirates brass has yet to provide any sort of timeline for the catcher's return to the lineup. Perez's move to the 60-day IL at least ensures that he'll be on the shelf until early July, and it wouldn't be surprise if the Pirates went ahead and held him out through the All-Star break. Michael Perez and Andrew Knapp are expected to share work behind the dish while the Pirates' No. 1 backstop is sidelined.

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  • Pirates' Roberto Perez: Facing extended absence

    Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said Sunday that Perez's strained left hamstring is on the "more severe side of things," suggesting that the catcher could be in store for a long-term stay on the injured list, Josh Rowntree of TribLive.com reports.

    Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette adds that Perez was spotted walking around the Pittsburgh clubhouse Sunday with the aid of crutches, which seemingly supports Cherington's comments about the veteran backstop being at risk of an extended absence. A clear timeline for Perez's return may not emerge until the results of his MRI are known, but Andrew Knapp is expected to be the first man up to step in as the Pirates' No. 1 catcher. Pittsburgh also called up Michael Perez from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday to add depth behind the plate.

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  • Pirates' Roberto Perez: Dealing with hamstring discomfort

    Perez's early exit from the first half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds was due to left hamstring discomfort, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.

    Perez's exit left Josh VanMeter to serve as the emergency catcher for the end of the game after Andrew Knapp was ejected from the dugout. Knapp will presumably start the nightcap behind the plate while the Pirates determine how serious Perez's injury is.

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  • Pirates' Roberto Perez: Heads to injured list

    Perez was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a strained left hamstring.

    Perez exited the first half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds with what was originally called left hamstring discomfort, but considering that he had to be helped off the field, it's no surprise to see his diagnosis already updated to something more serious. He doesn't yet have a clear return date but will be out for at least 10 days, with Michael Perez joining the active roster to split time at catcher with Andrew Knapp.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 220 lbs
Birthplace: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Age: 35
Experience: 9
Bats/Throws: R, R