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Royals catcher Salvador Perez sits out game because of bruised shin

Salvador Perez sported a sizable bruise on his left shin, a receipt from a foul tip on Friday night, which was reason enough for Royals manager Ned Yost to scratch him from Saturday’s game against the Tigers.

Yost initially penciled Perez into the lineup. But he changed his mind after conferring with Perez and the training staff.

“It was more swollen than I had anticipated,” Yost said. “It’s real black and blue. Of course he lobbied to play (Saturday and Sunday). And I’m like ‘No.’ Let’s be smart about this.”

Brett Hayes started for the second time this season in Perez’s place. Yost expects Perez to play again on Sunday in the series finale.

The foul tip occurred in the seventh inning on Friday while Perez batted against Tigers starter Rick Porcello. The ball avoided Perez’s shin guard and caught his flesh. He finished his at-bat, but Hayes replaced him for the eighth.

Despite a flurry of hits last week, Perez is still pulling himself out of a dreadful early-season slump. His .674 on-base plus slugging percentage is 97 points below his career average. Now he has a day off, perhaps one day ahead of schedule.

“I was thinking about giving him a day off (Sunday), with the quick turnaround after the night game,” Yost said. “So I’m just going to give it to him tonight. Give him a little extra time. It’s swollen, it’s sore. Let (trainer) Nick (Kenney) work on him tonight, and he’ll be in there (Sunday).”

Collins nears a return

The initial schedule for reliever Tim Collins called for a three-inning stint on Saturday with Class AAA Omaha. The organization decided to limit him to a 30-pitch maximum outing, with the hopes of likely recalling him for next week’s series in San Diego.

“He’ll be available Monday or Tuesday,” manager Ned Yost said on Saturday afternoon. “If we need him.”

Collins (strained left flexor tendon) has struck out 10 of the 14 batters he’s faced in three appearances. Yost mentioned some questions about his command — Collins walked a batter and hit another in a two-inning outing on Thursday — but the reason he has yet to be recalled relates more to the current composition of the bullpen.

With Danny Duffy working on a short leash on Saturday, Yost needed a long reliever. Thus the team recalled Aaron Brooks when they placed Bruce Chen on the disabled list on Friday.

“I need length,” Yost said. “I don’t need one inning. I need length.”

All good in Omaha

Lefty reliever Francisley Bueno (bruised left pinkie) joined Class AAA Omaha to begin a rehab assignment of his own.

Milestone for Yost

Friday’s loss marked the 1,600th game of Yost’s managerial career.

“That’s a lot of games for a dumb guy,” he said. “They must like my flowery personality.”

Catcher Salvador Perez sported a sizable bruise on his left shin, a receipt from a foul tip Friday night, which was reason enough for Royals manager Ned Yost to scratch Perez from Saturday’s game against the Tigers.

Yost initially penciled Perez into the lineup. But he changed his mind after conferring with Perez and the training staff.

“It was more swollen than I had anticipated,” Yost said. “It’s real black and blue. Of course he lobbied to play (Saturday and today). And I’m like ‘No.’ Let’s be smart about this.”

Brett Hayes started for the second time this season in Perez’s place. Yost expects Perez to play again in the series finale today.

The foul tip occurred in the seventh inning Friday while Perez batted against Tigers starter Rick Porcello.

The ball avoided Perez’s shin guard and caught his flesh. He finished his at-bat, but Hayes replaced him for the eighth inning.

Despite a flurry of hits last week, Perez is still pulling himself out of a dreadful early-season slump. His .674 on-base-plus-slugging percentage is 97 points below his career average. Now he has a day off, perhaps one day ahead of schedule.

“I was thinking about giving him a day off (today), with the quick turnaround after the night game,” Yost said. “So I’m just going to give it to him tonight.

“Give him a little extra time. It’s swollen, it’s sore. Let (trainer) Nick (Kenney) work on him tonight, and he’ll be in there (today).”

Collins nears return

The initial schedule for reliever Tim Collins called for a three-inning stint Saturday with Class AAA Omaha. The organization decided to limit him to a 30-pitch maximum outing, with the hopes of likely recalling Collins for next week’s series in San Diego.

“He’ll be available Monday or Tuesday,” manager Ned Yost said Saturday afternoon. “If we need him.”

After Saturday’s 9-2 loss to the Tigers, Yost indicated it was “possible” Collins could return today.

Collins, who is coming back from a strained left flexor tendon, has struck out 10 of the 14 batters he’s faced in three appearances.

Yost mentioned some questions about Collins’ command — he walked a batter and hit another in a two-inning outing Thursday — but the reason he has yet to be recalled relates more to the current composition of the bullpen.

With Danny Duffy working on a short leash Saturday, Yost needed a long reliever. Thus the team recalled Aaron Brooks when they placed Bruce Chen on the disabled list on Friday.

“I need length,” Yost said. “I don’t need one inning. I need length.”

All good in Omaha

Left-handed reliever Francisley Bueno (bruised left pinkie) joined Class AAA Omaha to begin a rehab assignment of his own.

Milestone for Yost

Friday’s loss marked the 1,600th game of Yost’s managerial career.

“That’s a lot of games for a dumb guy,” he said. “They must like my flowery personality.”

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