Shortly after an MRI revealed only inflammation in his wrist, Royals catcher Salvador Perez contacted catching coach Pedro Grifol. He wanted to know if he could play on Wednesday night.
“It was like, ‘No, just take a day,’” manager Ned Yost said before the series finale against the Detroit Tigers.
So Perez sat in favor of backup Drew Butera. Yost indicated Perez would rest for two or three games, at least.
Perez initially injured his wrist last week on a series of foul tips. He aggravated it while tagging out Tigers catcher James McCann at the plate on Tuesday. Perez was removed from the game in the eighth inning.
Perez had already undergone an X-ray earlier this week. That also came back negative. Given the team’s sizable advantage in the American League Central, they can afford to rest Perez for more than one game.