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May 25, 2020 06:56 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Joins Trop workout Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez was one of more than a dozen Rays players to participate in voluntary workouts at Tropicana Field on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The young backstop joined his teammates for activities such as playing catch, running, limited free-weight workouts and plyometric jumps, with the sessions held in staggered fashion and in groups of two. Perez was in position to secure the No. 2 catcher job behind Mike Zunino when spring training was suspended, although the expanded rosters and practice squads expected to be part of any abbreviated 2020 season should allow manager Kevin Cash to also keep at least one of veterans Kevan Smith and Chris Herrmann.

April 5, 2020 01:16 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Positioned for No. 2 catcher job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez was the leading candidate to win the Rays' No. 2 catcher job on the Opening Day roster before the MLB suspended its season March 12, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

Mike Zunino entered spring training secure as the Rays' top backstop, leaving Perez to battle with non-roster invitees Kevan Smith and Chris Herrmann for the backup gig. Though both Smith and Herrmann boast more MLB experience, their statuses as non-roster players likely work against them as they attempt to unseat Perez for the No. 2 job. Additionally, Perez is helped by the fact that he bats from the left side, offering the Rays more flexibility if manager Kevin Cash wants to play matchups in the late innings rather than having the right-handed Zunino play the full game.

March 4, 2020 01:08 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Competing for backup job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez, who hit his second home run of spring in a Grapefruit League tie with the Orioles on Monday, is competing with Kevan Smith for the backup catcher job, Juan Toribio of reports.

Perez dedicated himself to getting fitter this offseason and the work seems to be paying early dividends. The 27-year-old slugged 13 homers across 216 plate appearances in Triple-A Durham last season, although he's only left the yard once in 135 major-league plate appearances across the last pair of campaigns. Smith is a capable and proven veteran, so Perez will naturally have to continue impressing in spring to lock down an Opening Day roster spot.

September 1, 2019 06:36 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Back in majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Sunday, Juan Toribio of reports.

Perez's return gives the Rays three catchers -- Travis d'Arnaud and Mike Zunino being the other two -- and offers manager Kevin Cash a left-handed option at the position. While he's expected to see occasional starts versus righties, Toribio reports Perez is mainly expected to serve as a defensive option behind the pair of veterans he's backing up.

July 28, 2019 08:40 AM
Rays' Michael Perez: Returns to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez was optioned to Triple-A Durham following Saturday's loss to Toronto, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Perez joined the Rays prior to Friday's contest but did not see the field during his two-day stay in the majors. The Rays will likely bring up a reliever Sunday to bolster their bullpen depth.

July 26, 2019 08:48 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Recalled to majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Friday, Juan Toribio of reports.

Perez is taking the roster spot of Blake Snell (elbow), who was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday. The 26-year-old will provide the Rays will additional depth at catcher, as Travis d'Arnaud has seen playing time at first base as of late. Perez was slashing .256/.370/.385 in 46 plate appearances in the majors before being sent down June 10.

July 25, 2019 11:56 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Promotion on tap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Durham prior to Friday's game against the Blue Jays, Juan Toribio of reports.

Perez will likely serve as the backup catcher behind Mike Zunino, especially with Travis d'Arnaud seeing more playing time at first base. Perez has put together a .231/.317/.481 slash line with seven homers and 27 RBI over 32 games at Triple-A this season.

June 10, 2019 10:12 AM
Rays' Michael Perez: Activated and optioned
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez (oblique) was activated from the 10-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Durham on Monday, Juan Toribio of reports.

It had seemed likely that Perez would reclaim his roster spot as the backup catcher behind Mike Zunino once healthy, but he won't get the chance to do that just yet. Travis d'Arnaud, who owns a .256/.323/.481 slash line in 19 games with the Rays, will keep the job instead, with Perez seemingly waiting for an injury to open up a spot on the roster.

June 8, 2019 12:32 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Moves rehab to Triple-A level
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez (oblique) went 1-for-4 with an RBI single and a run in Triple-A Durham's win over Gwinnett on Friday.

Perez was replaced behind the dish after six innings by Dashenko Ricardo, as he'd already logged a full game's worth of at-bats due to the Bulls' offensive success. The rehabbing catcher is hitting .462 over his four minor-league games and could potentially be activated early in the coming week.

June 5, 2019 01:56 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Pair of hits in latest rehab game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez (oblique) went 2-for-3 in High-A Charlotte's loss to Dunedin on Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, the Rays announced Perez would remain on his rehab assignment for a few additional days due to some lingering discomfort in his oblique. However, the backstop took another positive step back toward full health with Tuesday's effort, which saw him log another seven full frames behind the dish before being replaced by Joey Roach. If he remains free of any setbacks, Perez could potentially find himself back with the big-league club at some point this coming weekend or early next week.

June 4, 2019 05:36 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: To remain on rehab stint
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez is expected to remain on a rehab assignment for a while longer, as his oblique issue is still lingering, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Perez looked decent at the plate in his first rehab game Sunday with High-A Charlotte, but the Rays have no intention of rushing him back, especially considering his oblique strain is still giving him some problems. Mike Zunino and Travis d'Arnaud will continue to handle the catching duties until Perez is activated.

June 3, 2019 12:40 AM
Rays' Michael Perez: Strong in first rehab game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez (oblique) went 1-for-2 with a run in High-A Charlotte's loss to St. Lucie on Sunday.

Perez played five innings behind the dish before being replaced by Joey Roach. The 26-year-old backstop may need only one more rehab game before potentially being activated for the start of a three-game road series against the Tigers on Tuesday.

June 2, 2019 02:00 AM
Rays' Michael Perez: Takes batting practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez (oblique) took batting practice against teammate Anthony Banda (elbow) in Port Charlotte on Saturday, Juan Toribio of reports.

Perez made steady progress throughout the last few days, and Saturday was another step towards getting back into game action. Assuming there are no setbacks stemming from his latest activity, the young backstop could begin a brief rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte as soon as Sunday.

June 1, 2019 01:24 AM
Rays' Michael Perez: Rehab assignment imminent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez (oblique) is expected to have his minor-league rehab assignment set by the end of the weekend, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Perez has been making deliberate but steady progress since first getting sidelined in early May. The backstop may only need a handful of minor-league games before being deemed ready for activation. Perez figures to slot back into the left-handed side of a platoon behind the dish alongside Mike Zunino, who just returned to action from a quadriceps injury Friday.

May 28, 2019 12:08 AM
Rays' Michael Perez: Moving towards rehab assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez (oblique) will take batting practice Monday, Juan Toribio of reports.

Perez has been out with an oblique strain since early May but says he now feels 90-to-95-percent healthy. He's expected to begin a rehab assignment over the weekend if all goes well until then. Fellow catcher Mike Zunino (quadriceps) is expected to begin a rehab assignment around the same time.

May 22, 2019 02:56 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Making progress
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez (oblique) is doing some catching and has been limited to hitting off a tee thus far in his rehab, Juan Toribio of reports.

Perez is still feeling some discomfort when swinging and so he has not progressed past tee work. However, Toribio relays that Perez still feels he can be ready for activation within the next couple of weeks, although he'll naturally have to make significant progress over that span with respect to his ability to swing a bat unencumbered.

May 17, 2019 06:12 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Remains weeks away
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez (oblique) is making progress but remains weeks away from getting back on the field, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Initial reports when Perez landed on the injured list with a right oblique strain suggested that Perez would miss 2-to-3 weeks, but it's now been over a week and the timeline appears to be roughly the same. With Mike Zunino (quadriceps) also injured, the Rays have since acquired both Travis d'Arnaud and Erik Kratz, so it's unclear where exactly a healthy Perez would fit in the pecking order.

May 8, 2019 10:52 AM
Rays' Michael Perez: Out 2-to-3 weeks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rays placed Perez (oblique) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports. Perez labeled his right oblique strain as mild and hopes to return from the IL in 2-to-3 weeks.

Nick Ciuffo was called up from Triple-A Durham in a corresponding move and will serve as the No. 2 catcher behind Mike Zunino while Perez is sidelined. Perez has supplied a .755 OPS in 46 plate appearances this season while occupying the short end of a platoon behind the dish.

May 8, 2019 06:04 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Will be examined further
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Updating an earlier report, Perez (oblique) is being medically evaluated and could potentially end up on the injured list according to manager Kevin Cash, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Perez was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup due to right oblique tightness. The 26-year-old has served as the backup to Mike Zunino, seeing action in 15 games overall this season.

May 7, 2019 07:00 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Scratched with oblique issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks due to right oblique tightness, Juan Toribio of reports.

The severity of the injury is not yet clear. Mike Zunino gets the start behind the plate.

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