Yost to manage time for Royals' catching trio

Yost to manage time for Royals' catching trio

KANSAS CITY -- The return of catcher Salvador Perez means the Royals' roster now has three catchers.

Perez, Brayan Pena and Humberto Quintero make up the Royals catching contingent, and manager Ned Yost will be tasked with juggling the playing time of all three.

Perez will be the primary catcher, but Yost had nothing but positive things to say about the other two and considered their presence a luxury.

"Pena and Quintero both did a nice job in [Perez's] absence. It gives us a little extra depth and protection behind the plate right now," Yost said.

With Perez coming back from knee surgery that had him on the 60-day disabled list since March, Yost said he plans on easing Perez back into action.

Yost said there will be plenty of opportunity to mix in his other catchers.

"Brayan can pinch-hit off the bench. I've got three days when one of those other two guys are going to play," Yost said. "I've got Brayan that can pinch-hit for [Quintero] and I've got [Quintero] that can defend for Brayan. Mix and match."