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August 1, 2020 01:44 AM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Three hits in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Friday's 3-2 loss to the White Sox.

It was his first multi-hit game of the year. Perez hasn't shown much rust at the plate after missing all of 2019 due to Tommy John surgery, going 8-for-32 (.250) with two homers and five RBI while starting all eight games so far for the Royals.

July 24, 2020 11:40 PM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Strikes out three times
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts during Friday's 2-0 loss against the Indians.

Perez landed on the IL after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, but he recovered in time to start behind the plate in the season debut. In fact, he was only one of four Royals to record a hit in a game where the entire offense struggled. Perez hit for .235 with 27 homers and 80 RBI last season, and he has cleared the 20-homer plateau in each of the past four campaigns.

July 15, 2020 04:24 PM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Activated from injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez (illness) was activated off the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.

Perez spent time on the 10-day injured list after testing positive for COVID-19, but he was able to be activated after spending the minimum amount of time on the list. He'll be available for the Royals' intrasquad game Tuesday, signaling that he's cleared intake testing. It's unclear whether he will be ready for Opening Day on July 24.

July 6, 2020 10:44 PM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Lands on IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Royals placed Perez (illness) on the 10-day injured list Saturday.

Kansas City made the transaction shortly after Perez informed reporters Saturday that he tested positive for the coronavirus, though the 30-year-old indicated he's asymptomatic. Perez said that he won't be available to rejoin the big club for workouts for at least 10 days, leaving him with minimal time to get in competitive at-bats with the Royals' Opening Day game set to fall July 23 or 24. Even if Perez isn't available for the opener, he shouldn't be in line to miss much time beyond that, assuming he remains asymptomatic while he's in self-isolation.

July 4, 2020 01:08 PM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Tests positive for COVID-19
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

Perez is isolated from the team and asymptomatic, but he'll need to clear the league protocol before he's able to rejoin the team. The 30-year-old missed the entire 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but he was able to return to the field during spring training.

March 19, 2020 12:00 AM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Returns to catching in spring games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez made his spring debut behind the plate Feb. 28 against San Francisco and started multiple games in the field before spring training was eventually suspended.

The 29-year-old was initially limited to serving as the designated hitter as he made his return from Tommy John surgery -- which cost him the entirety of 2019 -- and he ended up totaling five starts in the field. Perez appeared in 13 Cactus League games overall and had a .250/.342/.375 slash line with one home run in 32 at-bats, and he's poised to reclaim his everyday role once the season eventually begins.

February 27, 2020 03:52 PM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Returning to catcher Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut behind the plate Friday against the Giants, Jesse Sanchez of reports.

Perez will make his highly anticipated spring debut Friday after having missed the entire 2019 season following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last March. The Royals expect the 29-year-old backstop to handle a normal workload behind the plate, although the club has admitted that he could receive a few more scheduled days off to serve as their designated hitter. Perez finished the 2018 season hitting .235/.274/.439 with 27 home runs, 80 RBI and 52 runs scored and will be returning to the middle of Kansas City's lineup with high expectations for his ninth big-league season with the club.

February 27, 2020 01:56 PM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Not catching Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez will bat third as the Royals' designated hitter in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Brewers, Jesse Sanchez of reports.

Perez had tentatively been in line to work behind the plate Thursday for the first time this spring, but manager Mike Matheny ultimately chose to give the backstop another day off of catching after undergoing a dental procedure earlier this week, per Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star. The 29-year-old should be ready to make a start at catcher at some point in the next few days.

February 26, 2020 02:08 PM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Slated to catch Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Mike Matheny said Perez would serve as the Royals' starting catcher in Thursday's Cactus League game against Milwaukee, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

Perez had been scheduled to work behind the plate for the first time this spring in one of Wednesday's split-squad games, but the Royals pushed him back a day after he underwent a dental procedure earlier in the week. The 29-year-old had previously made two starts as a designated hitter and one at first base, as the Royals have been conscious about easing up on his catching duties following his March 2019 Tommy John surgery. Perez is still expected to see the bulk of his action as a catcher in 2020, though he may see more exposure to DH and first base compared to previous seasons.

February 19, 2020 12:24 PM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Won't catch early in spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez will hit but won't catch in the Royals' first handful of spring games, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.

Perez has been practicing without restrictions after missing all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The Royals will be careful not to overwork him early, but it appears that he'll have plenty of time to be ready for Opening Day. Whether or not he'll handle his typically heavy workload behind the plate early in the regular season remains to be seen.

February 12, 2020 12:08 PM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Restriction free
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday that Perez (elbow) enters spring training without any restrictions, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

Matheny noted that the backstop will meet with a doctor Thursday just to confirm that he's made a full recovery from the Tommy John surgery he underwent last March, but all signs point to Perez being available for Cactus League action. Given that he's returning from a major injury, Perez's workload will likely be lighter compared to previous springs, but once the season gets underway, he projects to handle one of the heftier workloads among all catchers. During his last full season in 2018, Perez played in 129 games and slashed .235/.274/.439 with 27 home runs and 80 RBI across 544 plate appearances.

January 25, 2020 03:48 AM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Recovery remains on track
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez (elbow) threw down to second base Friday for the first time since his surgery and expects to be ready for Opening Day, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

Perez missed the entire 2019 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but he continues to prove that he's right on track with his rehab. He's expected to be restriction-free heading into spring training and should begin ramping up his baseball activities in the near future.

December 11, 2019 01:28 PM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Could be option at first base
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that Perez (elbow) could see considerable time at first base in 2020, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

Since debuting with the Royals in 2011, Perez has shouldered one of the heavier workloads among all big-league catchers, but the Royals will likely be more cautious with his usage behind the plate after Tommy John surgery cost him the entire 2019 campaign. Jeffrey Flanagan of relayed in November that Perez is right on schedule with his recovery and should be restriction-free once spring training arrives, so the 29-year-old should have ample time to get acclimated to the defensive nuances of first base. That being said, Ryan O'Hearn, Ryan McBroom and Hunter Dozier represent the main candidates to man the position in 2020, so Perez's opportunities at first base (and designated hitter too, for that matter) will most likely come on the occasions where the team wants to give him a day off from catching while simultaneously keeping his bat in the lineup.

August 5, 2019 06:52 PM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Throws from 45 feet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez (elbow) threw from 45 feet Monday, Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.

Perez has been out all season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He won't play at any point this year, but the fact that he's throwing nearly eight months before the start of the 2020 campaign is a good sign for his availability for next year's Opening Day.

March 12, 2019 10:48 AM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Officially hits injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Monday.

The move has no effect on Perez's return timeline, as he's already been ruled out for the year while he recovers from Tommy John surgery. The transaction makes room on the 40-man roster for new signee Martin Maldonado, who is expected to take over the starting job in Perez's absence.

March 6, 2019 03:28 PM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Undergoes successful surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez underwent successful Tommy John surgery Wednesday.

Perez's procedure went as expected, and the Royals' official statement confirmed that the backstop will sit out the entirety of the 2019 season. Cameron Gallagher is expected to handle the majority of the catching duties unless the team brings in an external option prior to Opening Day.

March 6, 2019 01:00 AM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Surgery set for Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday after a second opinion confirmed the damage to his UCL, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

Perez headed to Dr. Neal ElAttrache for the second opinion and is now set to go under the knife after the diagnosis was confirmed. The injury was originally believed to be minor but will instead put an end to the 28-year-old's 2019 season prior to Opening Day. Cameron Gallagher is set to take over at catcher for the Royals with Meibrys Viloria next on the depth chart, assuming the team doesn't make any late roster additions.

March 1, 2019 07:44 PM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Expected to have Tommy John surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery sometime next week, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Perez was scratched from Thursday's spring game with what was originally thought to be a minor elbow injury, though a subsequent MRI revealed damage to his UCL that is apparently serious enough to warrant surgery. The 28-year-old backstop was originally scheduled to visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles next week for a second opinion, but it sounds like the procedure has already been recommended for him. Assuming Perez goes under the knife next week, he'll miss the entire 2019 campaign, leaving Cameron Gallagher to step in as the team's starting backstop unless the Royals decide to acquire someone else.

March 1, 2019 02:44 PM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Getting second opinion on UCL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez will head to Los Angeles next week to get a second opinion on his injured ulnar collateral ligament from Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Dr. ElAttrache's name typically pops up when Tommy John surgery is close, so the worst-case scenario is certainly not a good one for Perez and the Royals. Perez's injury initially appeared insignificant, as he was scratched from Thursday's game due to what was then called minor elbow soreness, but an MRI revealed damage to his UCL. If Tommy John surgery does end up being required, Perez would miss the entire season, leaving Cameron Gallagher in line for an expanded role.

March 1, 2019 09:32 AM
Royals' Salvador Perez: Dealing with elbow soreness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Royals manager Ned Yost said Perez will sit out Thursday due to minor elbow soreness, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

Yost didn't seem too worried about the issue, chalking it up to normal spring soreness. Once healthy, Perez will be eased into action, starting off as a designated hitter before making his debut behind the dish sometime next week. Assuming everything goes as planned, Perez should have plenty of time to get up to speed before Opening Day.

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Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
Kansas City Royals

MLB Experience:

2013: AL Gold Glove-C
2014: AL Gold Glove-C
2015: World Series MVP;AL Gold Glove-C
2016: AL Gold Glove-C
2018: AL Gold Glove-C