Opinion

Royals still discussing strategies to rest Salvador Perez in 2015

Royals catcher Salvador Perez during Wednesday's spring training workout in Surprise, Ariz.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez during Wednesday's spring training workout in Surprise, Ariz. The Kansas City Star

Kansas City’s grand plan to rest catcher Salvador Perez is still in its infancy. Before spring training began, manager Ned Yost floated the idea of pairing the backup catcher with a member of the starting rotation. The concept makes plenty of sense.

Except . . .

"We haven’t decided the exact route we’re going to go," Yost said.

So, the reasonable follow-up goes, what are the other options?

"You could always pick days after you get going where you play a game, and then you have an off-day the next day," Yost said. "You can give him two days in a row in those types of deals.

"You can rest him day games after night games. Just say that’s what we’re going to do."

But another question follows, what happens if Yordano Ventura pitches in a day game after a night game? Yost wants to keep Perez tagged up with Ventura.

"That’s what I’m saying," Yost said. "That’s what I don’t like about that. But we’re still discussing and trying to decide what’s the best option to keep him strong. And what if he’s hitting .970?"

You could always play him at DH, a reporter suggested.

"There’s too many what-ifs in there," Yost said. "What if Kendrys [Morales] is hitting .850?"

In other words, it’s a work in progress. We’ll let you know what the Royals decide, when they do.

FROM THE STAR

1. In a new clubhouse on the other side of the Arizona desert, Billy Butler still feels pangs for Kansas City.

2. A tremendous column from Sam Mellinger on the new Ned Yost, same as the old Ned Yost, only more so.

3. The Royals sized themselves up for their American League pennant rings on Friday.

4. Alex Gordon hit off a tee on Friday. He hopes to take soft toss on Saturday.

5. Sean Manaea has a minor abdominal injury.

6. Here is our latest video dispatch from Royals camp.

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To reach Andy McCullough, call 816-234-4370 or send email to rmccullough@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @McCulloughStar.

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