Catcher Salvy Perez returned Tuesday to the Royals. So, too, did reliever Kelvin Herrera as part of series of moves prior to Tuesday’s series opener against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium.
By BOB DUTTON and TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
The Royals also added a speed element to their organizational depth Tuesday afternoon by claiming outfielder Quintin Berry from Detroit on outright waivers.
To clear the necessary roster space, the club shifted left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy to the 60-day disabled list and optioned right-handed reliever and catcher Adam Moore to Class AAA Omaha.
The move with Duffy is a procedural move, because players on the 60-day list do not count against a club’s 40-man roster. Duffy recently began his minor-league rehab assignment in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
Perez returns to the club from the restricted list after a nine-day absence while on bereavement leave following the death of his maternal grandmother in Venezuela.
“He came in and worked out and feels OK,” manager Ned Yost said. “He’s an integral part of our team. When you take a piece that big away, it leaves a hole.”
Perez was in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s game.
Herrera was recalled after a 13-day stay at Omaha, where he worked 42/3 scoreless innings in five appearances. He had a 4.87 ERA in 19 outings prior to his demotion.
“That’s the longest trip I’ve ever had driving,” Herrera said about his trip to Omaha. “It felt shorter coming back. Going there was longer. That was a long trip.”
The move was designed, primarily, as a confidence-restoration move after Herrera yielded eight homers in a 14-inning span.
“He threw the ball fine down there,” Yost said. “There’s definitely been a little bit of a hole without his dominance down there. And he can be dominant.”
Coleman was recalled May 23 when Herrera was sent to Omaha and made four scoreless appearances covering 41/3 innings.
Moore was promoted when Perez went on bereavement leave. He was three for 10 in five games.
The Royals also optioned Berry, 28, to Omaha. While he struggled this season at Class AAA Toledo, batting .168 in 49 games, he batted .258 last season for the Tigers with a .330 on-base percentage in 94 games.
“I like his athleticism,” Yost said. “He was a tough out (last year), and I liked the way he played the game. He can bunt and do some things.”
Berry, a left-handed hitter, also scored 44 runs last season while stealing 21 bases without getting caught.
Dyson nears a return
Jarrod Dyson hasn’t played since May 15 when he suffered a high ankle sprain climbing the wall in a vain attempt to bring back Mike Trout’s no-doubt home run, but the speedy center fielder insists he’s getting close to a return.
“I’m really close,” Dyson said. “I don’t have a time frame, but I’ll probably go out on assignment this home stand some time.”
That puts him on track to return to big-league action in mid-June, which is much earlier than Dyson initially expected.
“From the collision, I thought I would be done a couple months,” Dyson said. “Right when it happened, I thought it was broke. I thought the only thing holding it on was the ankle tape. That’s how bad I felt like it was.”
Dyson took full batting practice Tuesday and also went through outfield drills.
“I’m closing in on a good 80-some (percent),” Dyson said. “I’m right there. My mindset is I’m ready to play, but I’ve got to be smart about it. You don’t want to rush things and have a setback.”
Gordon, Holland honored
Alex Gordon and Greg Holland are the Royals’ player and pitcher of the month for May.
Gordon led the club in hits (38), runs (16), on-base percentage (.390) and slugging (.473). He also batted .339 and delivered six doubles, a team-high three home runs and 14 RBIs.
It marked the 10th time Gordon, who also won the honor in April, has been the team’s player of the month.
Holland went 1-0 with two saves and a 1.13 ERA in eight appearances. In eight innings, he limited opposing batters to a .185 average and struck out nine, scattered five hits and two walks.
It was the second monthly award for Holland, who was the club’s pitcher of the month last July.
Pitchers Christian Binford and Alec Mills, who play for the Royals’ Low-A affiliate in Lexington, Ky., were selected to the Southern Division team for the South Atlantic All-Star game June 18 at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J.
Binford, a 6-foot-6 right-hander selected in the 30th round of the 2011 draft, is 4-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 10 starts. He has struck out 57 with 13 walks in 571/3 innings, limiting opponents to a .226 average.
Mills, who was chosen in the 22nd round in 2012, is 1-2 with six saves and a 1.59 ERA in 16 appearances, including 15 as a reliever. He has struck out 35, while allowing only 19 hits and eight walks in 34 innings.