Salvador Perez C KC 3 days ago

Perez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Perez is one of the most heavily used catchers in baseball, but Sunday will represent his first day off of the year. Erik Kratz will man the backstop in his stead, catching Sunday's starter Danny Duffy.

Salvador Perez C KC 2 weeks ago

Perez went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the second straight game to open the season Wednesday against the White Sox, this time adding his first steal of the year.

Perez had totaled exactly one stolen base in his first 404 games in the big leagues, so watching him scramble to second following his fifth-inning RBI single was like seeing a unicorn. He'll likely take a seat for Thursday's afternoon game against the White Sox. A somewhat dialed-back workload this year could actually be good for Perez, who's seen three straight seasons of decline in his batting average and OPS. Perhaps some extra rest will keep him fresher and more productive.

Salvador Perez C KC 2 weeks ago

Perez went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Monday's opener against the White Sox.

After catching 146 games last season, the club announced their intention to dial back Perez's workload in the 2015 season. While that may negatively impact his counting stats, Perez still figures to see the bulk of the starts behind the plate and should still be one of the better fantasy options among catchers.

Salvador Perez C KC 1 month ago

The Royals seem to be wavering in their plans to sit Perez every fifth day in 2015, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.

The plan to use Erik Kratz as a personal catcher for one member of the rotation has been scrapped, and when asked how he planned to rest Perez relative to his absurd workload in 2014, manager Ned Yost said, "We'll figure it out." It remains to be seen how Kansas City will handle Perez this season after stating earlier in camp that he would see a reduced workload. While it may seem nice for his counting stats to have him lead the major leagues in games started by a catcher, it also resulted in Perez's effectiveness taking a major hit in the second half last year, so it is a double-edged sword.

Salvador Perez C KC 2 months ago

Perez is in line to see his workload reduced in 2015, FOX Sports reports.

Perez set MLB records in both games caught and total innings last season, numbers that can be at least partially attributed to the team's surprising World Series run. His high usage is exactly what made Perez a valuable fantasy catcher, as rare days off allow owners to keep him in their lineup most days, something that is especially useful in leagues that allow daily lineup changes. On the other hand, keeping the legs of Perez fresh may help his offensive numbers, as fatigue may have been one of the reasons for a 170-point drop in OPS between the first and second half of 2014. Perez is still a top-10 fantasy catcher in most formats, with a ton of upside that hinges on the 24-year-old improving his plate discipline. However, the days where fantasy owners can expect 140-145 games caught may soon be winding down.

Salvador Perez C KC 8 months ago

Perez went 3-for-4 Monday against the Rangers with a double, a home run and three RBI.

Perez' bat carried the Royals Monday, knocking in three of their four runs, highlighted by his two-run shot in the third. The 24-year-old has four multi-hit performances in his last six games.

Salvador Perez C KC 8 months ago

Perez was 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI Wednesday in a 6-1 win over the Twins.

Perez' two-run triple capped off a six-run eighth inning for the Royals. The 24-year-old is having a poor month while dealing with some knee discomfort, hitting .221/.233/.395 in 23 August games.

Salvador Perez C KC 8 months ago

Perez is not in the starting lineup Saturday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

The Royals have not provided a reason for Perez's absence, but he went 0-for-5 on Friday after being held out of Wednesday's lineup and having an MRI (which came back negative) on Thursday. Erik Kratz will bat seventh and starting behind the plate Saturday night.

Salvador Perez C KC 8 months ago

Perez went 0-for-5 with an RBI while catching all nine innings against the Rangers on Friday night.

After being scratched from the lineup Wednesday with knee discomfort, the Royals sent Perez for an MRI, which came back negative. That he was already back behind the dish Friday suggests that the Royals are not overly concerned about wearing him down during the final five weeks of the season.

Salvador Perez C KC 8 months ago

Perez (knee) is in the lineup Friday against the Rangers, Fox Sports Kansas City's Joel Goldberg reports.

He was scratched from Wednesday's game with knee discomfort, but an MRI came back negative on the knee, and he will waste no time getting back behind the dish for the Royals. Perez has had a very productive year, based primarily on the fact that he's been able to play in 115 games. He is hitting .268 with 15 home runs, 50 runs and 54 RBI.