Salvador Perez C KC 10 hours ago

Perez is out of the lineup Monday against the Yankees.

Perez will get the day off for just the fourth time this season, giving way to Drew Butera behind the plate. Per Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, Perez has been dealing with a minor groin issue, but until we hear official word from the team or Perez himself, we'll assume it's business as usual for the durable backstop.

Salvador Perez C KC 2 days ago

Perez went 3-for-4 with a double in a 5-0 win against St. Louis on Friday.

Perez is now in the middle of an eight-game hitting streak, which has now pushed his average north of .300 for the year. After Perez played seemingly every game last season, manager Ned Yost has been resting him a bit more recently, and should continue to do so every so often to keep him fresh. Nonetheless, he's sure to be one of the leaders in games played among catchers.

Salvador Perez C KC 2 weeks ago

Perez is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against Texas, Andy McCullough of the KC Star reports.

One of the most durable players in the game at any position, Perez rarely takes a day off, and he'll sit for just the third time all season Thursday afternoon. Drew Butera will draw the start in Perez's place and bat eighth against Rangers' starter Ross Detwiler.

Salvador Perez C KC 2 weeks ago

Perez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

If this doesn't feel quite right, it's because this day off snaps a streak of 17 straight starts for Perez, and is just his second missed start all year. As always with Perez, his playing time is very attractive, but also creates a huge amount of risk long-term. Drew Butera will get the start in Perez's place.

Salvador Perez C KC 1 month 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 months 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 months 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 2 months 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 3 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 9 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.