Last Game
Tue, May 17
vs Chicago White Sox (18-18)
  • Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium

AL Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
21-15 6-4 W2
18-18 5-5 L1
16-18 5-5 L2
13-22 4-6 W1
13-24 5-5 L1

2022 Batting

Batting Average
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
On-base Plus Slugging
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .203 6 16 .635 0

Top Salvador Perez News

  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Moves to injured list

    Perez (thumb) was placed on the 10-day injured last after Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

    The 32-year-old suffered a sprained left thumb during the matinee and will now be sidelined for at least the next 10 days. It's unclear exactly how long Perez will be out as he continues to be evaluated, though he'll be eligible to be activated May 28. MJ Melendez should step in as Kansas City's primary catcher while Sebastian Rivero was promoted to handle backup duties.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Sprains thumb Tuesday

    Perez was removed in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader with the White Sox due to a sprained left thumb. He went 1-for-3 with a base hit and two strikeouts before exiting the contest.

    Kansas City deployed Perez as its designated hitter for the front end of the twin bill, presumably with the intention of having him handle catching duties in the nightcap. In light of Perez's injury, however, MJ Melendez may have to pull double duty behind the plate unless the Royals call up another catcher from the minors prior to Game 2. The extent of Perez's sprained thumb may not be known until the conclusion of the doubleheader.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Starting at DH

    Perez is starting at designated hitter and batting third in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader versus the White Sox.

    Perez won't be behind the plate but he'll still be in the lineup for an 11th consecutive contest. His bat has heated up recently, producing 12 hits, including five for extra bases, while also adding seven RBI and four runs over 43 at-bats in his last 10 contests.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Resting Game 1 of doubleheader

    Perez isn't starting the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader versus the White Sox.

    The catcher will get a breather after starting 10 straight games, producing 12 hits including five-extra base ones while also adding seven RBI and four runs over 43 at-bats in those contests. Rookie MJ Melendez will get the start behind the plate and bat seventh in Game 1 of the doubleheader.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Snaps power drought

    Perez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in a loss to Colorado on Saturday.

    Perez's two-run shot temporarily tied the score 3-3 in the third inning, though the Royals eventually lost in a blowout. The long ball was the backstop's his first since April 22 -- a span of 18 games. Perez is far off the pace that led to a career-high 48 homers last season, but his six long balls match Daulton Varsho for the lead in the category among catcher-eligible players.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Collects four hits in twin bill

    Perez went 4-for-9 with a double, an RBI and a run scored across both games of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Orioles.

    Prior to Sunday, Perez was stuck in an 0-for-21 slump in his last five games. He had two hits in each game of the doubleheader, boosting his slash line to .192/.231/.394 with five home runs, 10 RBI and 10 runs scored through 25 contests. He'll continue to play a large majority of the Royals' games either behind the dish or as the designated hitter.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Getting breather Wednesday

    Perez is not in the lineup for Wednesday's series finale versus the Cardinals.

    The star catcher will get the day off Wednesday as MJ Melendez slots in behind the plate and will bat seventh. Perez is currently in the middle of a 2-for-34 slump at the plate with 14 strikeouts over that stretch. He'll look to use the extra day of rest to readjust and will presumably be back in the lineup Friday against the Orioles.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Stuck in slump

    Perez went 0-for-4 in Monday's 1-0 loss to the Cardinals.

    Over his last seven games, Perez has struggled, going 2-for-29 with 12 strikeouts and just one walk in that span. The catcher showed some early power this season, but he's been unable to contribute much of anything lately. Overall, the 31-year-old is slashing .185/.233/.420 with five home runs, nine RBI, nine runs scored and four doubles in 21 games.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Serving as DH on Sunday

    Perez (hand) will serve as the Royals' designated hitter and will bat third in Sunday's game against the Mariners.

    Perez will be limited to a non-defensive role for the series finale after he was hit in the left hand by a pitch in Saturday's 13-7 loss, though the 31-year-old was probably due for a day off behind the plate anyway after catching each of the previous three days. Assuming Perez's hand provides no complications while he swings the bat Sunday, he should be a fixture in the Kansas City lineup during the team's upcoming six-game week.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: X-rays negative

    X-rays on Perez's left hand returned negative after he exited Saturday's game against the Mariners after being hit by a pitch, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Perez went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored before departing. The 31-year-old will most likely receive a day off in Sunday's series finale, and an X-ray isn't always dispositive, but the initial report at least provides reason for optimism regarding Perez's outlook.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Exits after HBP

    Perez left Saturday's game against the Mariners after being hit by a pitch in the hand, Joel Goldberg of Bally Sports Kansas City reports.

    Perez was hit by an offering from Yohan Ramirez in the top of the seventh inning. He remained in the game to take his base, and he ultimately came around to score on a Carlos Santana home run. However, Perez was replaced by Cam Gallagher behind the plate in the bottom of the frame. The severity of the injury is unclear, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him out of the lineup Sunday.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Crushes fifth homer

    Perez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a 4-1 loss to Seattle on Friday.

    Perez took Seattle starter Chris Flexen deep to left in the sixth to account for Kansas City's lone run in the game. The backstop's power spree has carried over into 2022 as he's one of five players with five home runs thus far, though he's batting just .222 with only one walk.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Back behind plate

    Perez (eye) will start behind the plate Thursday against the Twins, batting cleanup and catching Zack Greinke, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

    Perez was scheduled to catch Tuesday but was shifted to designated hitter due to an eye issue which apparently prevented him from catching but not hitting. He remained at the designated hitter spot Wednesday but is ready to return to catching duties Thursday. He went 3-for-6 with a pair of homers during those two games as a designated hitter.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Two blasts in win

    Perez (eye) went 2-for-3 with two solo homers and a walk Tuesday in the Royals' 4-3 win over the Twins.

    Perez homered in the fourth off starter Chris Archer and in the sixth off reliever Tyler Duffey. After going hitless in his first three games, the seven-time All-Star has four multi-hit games and two multi-homer games in his last six, slashing .348/.400/.913 in that span. He served as the designated hitter Tuesday for the second time this season while he's dealing with an eye issue that has limited his ability to catch.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: DHing due to eye issue

    Perez shifted from catcher to designated hitter in the Royals' updated lineup for Tuesday's game against the Twins due to an eye issue, Anne Rogers of reports.

    The issue is one that Perez dealt with in both of the last two seasons. It seems on the surface quite surprising that he'd be able to hit despite vision issues, but he's been cleared by a specialist and the Royals are evidently confident that he'll be fine. It's possible the vision issue explains his slow start at the plate, as he's hit .188/.212/.406 through eight games.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Homers twice in loss

    Perez went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs Tuesday in the Royals' 6-5 loss to the Cardinals.

    Perez had been quiet through Kansas City's first four games, but he rediscovered the power stroke Tuesday that he displayed frequently during his 48-homer campaign in 2021. Fantasy managers should expect a fair amount of downturn in his power production in 2022, but he'll still be an elite contributor in home runs, RBI and runs relative to most other catchers while also producing a non-toxic batting average. Perez is also projected to handle one of the heavier workloads among all catchers; he played in 161 games in 2021 and has yet to get a day off in 2022.

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  • Royals' Salvador Perez: Steady as ever

    Perez went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 9-5 loss to the Giants.

    The three-hit game lifted Perez's spring slash line to .348/.375/.565 with a home run, two doubles, four RBI and five runs scored in eight games. The 31-year-old catcher appeared in a career-high 161 games last season, posting an eye-popping 48 homers, 121 RBI, 88 runs scored and a .273/.316/.544 slash line. He's likely to be a near-everyday presence either behind the dish or as the designated hitter, as Perez remains one of the top catchers in the league even with the threat of regression looming.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 250 lbs
Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela
Age: 32
Experience: 10
Bats/Throws: R, R