Royals catcher Salvador Perez is likely done for the season, manager Ned Yost said Saturday afternoon.
Perez was out of the lineup again as the Royals faced the Cleveland Indians on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium. The All-Star catcher is battling nagging knee and hamstring issues, and the Royals appear reluctant to push him as the regular season comes to a close.
Perez has received four days off since Sept. 19 and had seven total rest days in September. If he does not play Sunday, he will finish the season with a .247 batting average and a career-high 22 homers.
On the whole, Perez’s offensive season roughly mirrored his 2015 campaign. His on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS) jumped from .706 last year to .724 in 2016. But his OPS-plus, which accounts for league averages, only increased from 88 to 89, which means Perez’s OPS was 11 percent below league average.
He set a career high with 118 strikeouts — 33 more than his previous high of 85 — and he matched a career high with 28 doubles. He ranked first among all AL catchers with 126 hits and 52 extra-base hits.
Perez will likely add a fourth career Gold Glove Award in the offseason. He has caught 37 of 77 would-be base-stealers, which ranks second in the majors behind Texas’ Jonathan Lucroy. His 48.1 percent success rate ranks first in the big leagues.