Royals’ Salvador Perez likely going on DL before Sunday doubleheader

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez runs on his triple July 19 off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander during the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals will likely place All-Star catcher Salvador Perez on the disabled list before a doubleheader Sunday against the Seattle Mariners.


The Royals and Mariners were rained out Saturday night and rescheduled for a traditional doubleheader Sunday, starting at 1:15 p.m. and with about 30 minutes between games.

An MRI revealed Perez has a right intercostal strain after leaving the game Friday after six innings.

“It’s going to have to be a pretty miraculous recovery,” Royals manager Ned Yost said to prevent Perez going on the disabled list.

It they had played Saturday, Yost said Perez was “too sore” to play. The Royals had rookie catcher Cameron Gallagher in the clubhouse on standby, ready to activate him.

The Mariners recalled left-hander Marco Gonzalez from Triple-A Tacoma to take Felix Hernandez’s rotation turn. Gonzalez will start the first game Sunday. The Royals are expected to counter with right-hander Ian Kennedy (4-7, 4.60 ERA), according to the Royals’ website.

Gonzales was acquired in a July 21 trade with the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Tyler O’Neill. He went 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts with Tacoma.

The Mariners will start right-hander Erasmo Ramirez in the second game, while the Royals will start left-hander Danny Duffy on normal rest.

Kansas City also plans on bringing up rookie right-hander Jakob Junis as the 26th man. Junis is 3-2 with a 5.50 ERA in nine games, six starts, with Kansas City. He is 3-5 with a 2.92 ERA in a dozen starts with Triple-A Omaha this season.

The rainout was the Mariners’ first since April 30, 2014. They had not been rained out in Kansas City since Aug. 19, 2004.



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