Perez hoping to avoid DL stint, but Royals call up a catcher for now

Salvador Perez could be back in time to avoid a stint on the disabled list.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals are hoping All-Star catcher Salvador Perez will be back in a few days.

Perez left Monday night’s 7-6 loss to the Chicago White Sox with a swollen right thumb. X-rays were negative. He could be back in time to avoid a stint on the disabled list.

With Perez sidelined by the injury, the Royals recalled catcher Francisco Pena from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old Pena is the son of New York Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, also a former Royals manager. Francisco Pena, who hit nine home runs in his past 23 games with Omaha, will be making his major-league debut if he plays for Kansas City.

The Royals also optioned infielder Johnny Giavotella to Omaha.