The Royals introduced Friday that catcher Salvador Perez has been reinstated from the injured checklist. Infielder Emmanuel Rivera was optioned to Triple-A Omaha to open a spot on the roster.
It’s a remarkably swift turnaround for the veteran Perez, who underwent surgical procedure on June 24 to restore a torn ligament in his thumb. On the time of the surgical procedure, supervisor Mike Matheny informed reporters that docs anticipated Perez to require about eight weeks to fix from the surgical procedure. As an alternative, he’s again on the massive league roster after precisely 5 weeks and having appeared in simply three minor league rehab video games (throughout which he went 4-for-8 with a double).
Perez, 32, is enjoying out the primary season of a four-year, $82M contract extension that stands as the most important contract in Royals franchise historical past. The seven-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner had a season for the ages in 2021 when he slugged a league-leading 48 homers and plated an MLB-best 121 runs, however the pendulum has swung within the different course so far in 2022. It’s been arguably the worst offensive season of Perez’s profession, as he’s slashed simply .211/.254/.426 by means of his first 236 journeys to the plate.
After all, the thumb problem that required surgical restore may properly have performed into these doldrums on the plate. Perez first went on the injured checklist in early Might with what the staff termed a sprain in his thumb, and whereas he returned in simply three weeks’ time, he was again on the injured checklist and headed for surgical procedure lower than a month later.
The hope for each Perez and the Royals is that the newly mended thumb will deliver a few return to type. Nobody must be stunned if Perez by no means matches his unimaginable 2021 output — it’s unrealistic to anticipate anybody, not to mention a catcher with Perez’s workload to duplicate these numbers — however there’s clearly fairly a little bit of room for enchancment over his early scuffles on the dish.