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Royals Salvador Perez Taking Time Off After Placement on Bereavement List


May 10, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) during batting practice before a game against the New York Yankees at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The Royals announced that Salvador Perez would be placed on the bereavement list after the death of his maternal grandmother. Josh Vernier was first to put the word out on Twitter. Taking Perez’s place on the roster will be Adam Moore.

Perez was off on Saturday after playing in Friday’s night game. Perez was injured on Monday night when he ran into the barrier in front of the Astros dugout in Houston while chasing a foul ball. The injury was categorized as a deep bruise, though the Royals did consult MRI results in case there was a tear in the hip. Perez returned to the Royals lineup on Thursday and went 3-4, then went 0-4 on Friday. He’s hitting .311/.327/.411 after 156 plate appearances.

Placement on the list ensures that Perez will be out 3-7 days. He’ll be eligible as soon as Wednesday when the Royals travel to St. Louis. George Kottaras will presumably fill in as the starting catcher until then. Kottaras is hitting just .167 after Saturday’s game, but, unlike anyone not named Billy Butler, has been able to find other ways to get on base besides base hits and has been a pretty good backup when called to action. He’s made 1.9% of the team’s plate appearances but taken 7% of the team’s walks. His line is .167/.394/.

Adam Moore made 12 plate appearances for the Royals last September after being claimed off waivers by the team in July. He’s hit .190/.297/.405 in 91 plate appearances for Omaha in 2013.