Royals catcher Salvador Perez was removed from the lineup on Saturday evening after experiencing “neck stiffness,” the club announced.
Reserve catcher Drew Butera started in his place as the Royals continued a four-game series against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. Perez had started all 16 games this season, a workload that included three games as the team’s designated hitter.
Perez served as the DH on Friday in a 6-2 loss to the Rangers. He is batting .258 with a .277 on-base percentage and five homers this season.
Butera, who is making his fourth start at catcher, collected his first hit of the season on Friday night. He’s batting .100 (1 for 10) with a double.
Royals set schedule for Soler
Outfielder Jorge Soler finished 2 for 3 with a three-run homer on Friday as he began a rehab assignment at Class AAA Omaha. On Saturday, Soler was back in the lineup in right field as the Storm Chasers opened a series in New Orleans.
Soler is recovering from a strained oblique muscle. He is scheduled to mix in time at designated hitter and in the outfield while playing for Omaha. For now, his first scheduled day off is on Wednesday, Ned Yost said.