KANSAS CITY - Catcher Salvador Perez got a rare day off from the Royals' starting lineup on Thursday against the Indians, but it really wasn't because of his bruised right leg.
"It was a late, late long night [on Wednesday]," manager Ned Yost said. "I mean, his leg's sore, but if it was a night game, he'd probably be in there."
Backup George Kottaras got his 14th start of the season. Five of those starts came while Perez was away on bereavement leave.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.