First off, it doesn't appear to be serious. Royals catcher Salvador Perez exited the game early Wednesday after injuring his left thumb in the eighth inning. Yet, in the moments after a 7-5 victory over the Houston Astros at Kauffman Stadium, manager Ned Yost did not appear overly concerned about the ailing finger.
“He’s day to day,” Yost said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
The ailment, which Yost described as a “dinged” thumb, occurred while Perez was receiving a sinker from reliever Scott Alexander. When Houston’s Carlos Beltran struck out on a foul tip in the eighth, the baseball caught Perez’s thumb in an awkward fashion, Yost said.
“Alexander was throwing a tremendous sinker today,” Yost said. “When he struck out Beltran, the ball kind of caught (Perez) on the thumb and dinged his thumb a little bit.”
Reserve catcher Drew Butera replaced Perez in the ninth inning and finished the game. The Royals will conclude a four-game series against the Astros on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.