Perez back behind plate for Angels after impressive debut

Published May. 6, 2015 8:55 p.m. EDT

Carlos Perez will start behind the plate and bat eighth for the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night in the rubber match against the Seattle Mariners.

On Tuesday, Perez entered the record books becoming just the fourth player in history to hit a walk-off home run in his major league debut. He finished the night 2-for-4.

"I think it was a pretty good day," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Perez's debut.

Perez was called up, in part, because of the hot bat he was swinging this season in Triple-A. He was hitting .361 in Salt Lake.


Scioscia says he doesn't look at Perez or Chris Iannetta as platoon players given the fact that both are used to the demands of catching lots of games.

Iannetta caught over 100 games in each of the last two seasons and Perez has caught over 90 games in two of the last three seasons in the minors.

Perez's impressive debut has as much to do with him being back in the lineup on Wednesday as anything else. That could be the format Scioscia follows going forward.

"Obviously, when a guy plays well, you can earn more playing time," Scioscia said of Perez. "I thought he played well last night."

Game coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on FOX Sports West.