The Royals announced two roster moves Sunday morning.
First, Salvador Perez was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. On Saturday, Perez was out of the lineup for a scheduled day off. When the game was close late, he came in as a defensive replacement for George Kottaras and took a foul tip off the mask in the bottom of the 12th inning. The game was delayed for a moment while trainers checked on him, but he stayed in the game for the remainder of the inning while Greg Holland shut down the Mets.
Dick Kaegel reported that Perez had a headache after and had tests taken at the hospital before being placed on the DL. He’ll be eligible to return on August 11, but, as I suggested when Alex Gordon had a concussion scare last month, I’d hope the Royals err on the side of caution with Perez. A concussion – however minor – isn’t something to try to play through. The official diagnosis is that it’s a low grade concussion.
Kottaras is in the lineup today in place of Perez and Brett Hayes was added to the roster to back up.
Wade Davis was also placed on the family emergency list. That will keep him off the roster for at least three days and at most seven. Bob Dutton reports that it’s a situation involving a brother of Davis’s.
Will Smith was recalled to fill that roster spot and was listed on the Royals lineup card in the bullpen today. The Royals have just finished two extra inning National League games, so they’ll use the extra bullpen arm. No word on a plan for if Davis misses his next start. He’s scheduled to pitch on August 7 which is the first day he’s eligible to return. If he gets skipped, the Royals may bring up Danny Duffy to take the start or they could try Luis Mendoza for a turn.