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Royals put Tejada on disabled list, activate Perez

Updated: 2013-08-12T22:45:52Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

It wasn’t quite an extreme makeover, but the Royals roster changed dramatically from Saturday to Sunday.

The Royals traded for Twins infielder Jamey Carroll, and put a player on the disabled list. Two others returned to the club, which also sent one to Class AAA Omaha and designated another for assignment.

The bad news first: Infielder Miguel Tejada was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right calf, which he suffered while diving for a ball in Saturday’s loss to the Red Sox.

Tejada acknowledged he was in pain Sunday.

“I don’t want to play and be out there and try to throw someone out when I’m hurt,” Tejada said.

Tejada, 39, is hitting .288 with five doubles and 20 RBIs in 53 games.

The Royals recalled Falu from Omaha, where he was batting .264 with 14 doubles and 28 RBIs. Last year he appeared in 24 games for the Royals, batting .341.

Falu didn’t play Sunday and Yost indicated that Falu’s stay may be short.

“Chris Getz is eligible to come off (the disabled list today), so a lot of these moves are just temporary,” Yost said. “He provides insurance.”

Perez is back

Catcher Salvy Perez returned Sunday from the seven-day concussion disabled list, and reported no ill effects from his time off.

“It felt pretty normal,” Perez said. “It was hard not to play this week. I wanted to be out there helping my team and helping my pitchers. I was so happy coming back.”

Perez, who suffered the concussion after taking a foul ball off his mask on Aug. 3, used a different mask, which was modeled after a hockey goalie’s mask.

He got off to a rough start Sunday, making an error on a pickoff attempt at third base in the first inning that allowed Shane Victorino to score. At the plate, Perez was one for three with a walk.

Brett Hayes was designated for assignment to make room for Perez. The Royals have 10 days to trade, release or put Hayes on waivers. In three games, Hayes went three for 11.

Davis also returns

Right-hander Wade Davis returned to the club after being away for a week on the family emergency list. Davis’ stepbrother, Dustin Huguley, died unexpectedly Aug. 3 and the funeral was Wednesday.

Davis is expected to start today’s series opener against the Miami Marlins.

Left-hander Donnie Joseph, who pitched two innings Saturday night, was optioned back to Omaha.

One other housekeeping note: Left-hander Francisley Bueno, who was designated for assignment on Saturday, was optioned to Omaha.

Escobar extends streak

Shortstop Alcides Escobar pushed his hitting streak to eight games with a sixth-inning single.

Escobar, who was one for three with a sacrifice bunt, is batting .458 (11 for 24) during the streak. That’s after going four for 40 (.100) on the last road trip.

“I feel way better,” Escobar. “It was a rough road trip.”

Starling update

Bubba Starling, the Royals’ first pick in the 2011 draft, left Saturday night’s game for Class A Lexington because of a sore knee.

Starling tweaked the knee sliding into home plate as he tried to avoid a tag.

He didn’t play Sunday, and the Legends have an off-day today. However, he is expected back on Tuesday.

The Star’s Tod Palmer contributed to this report. To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/pgrathoff.

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