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.