KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals All-Star C Salvador Perez is expected to be out 7-10 days with a bruised left thigh after colliding with rookie 3B Cheslor Cuthbert while catching a foul popup.
Perez was hurt Saturday. An MRI exam confirmed that the injury was a contusion and there was no apparent structural damage.
"Hopefully it's not going to require a trip to the DL," manager Ned Yost said Sunday. "We're hoping he'll be back in seven to 10 days. It could be earlier or later. We'll just have to wait and see and just manage it day to day."
Perez said he was relieved after the MRI results.
"As soon as Cheslor hit me, I thought it was going to be worse," he said. "But after the MRI, we're thinking a (few) days. I don't know exactly how many days, but I will do my best to get into the lineup. Of course, I was scared before the MRI."
Kansas City recalled C Tony Cruz from Triple-A Omaha, where he was hitting .278 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in 31 games. Cruz had a .220 average in 229 games with the Cardinals during the past five years.
The Royals optioned RHP Peter Moylan to Omaha. Moylan had a 2.45 ERA in six relief appearances. The Royals will try to go with 12 pitchers until Perez returns.
"If I get in a pitching jam, I'm going to have to do something," Yost said. "But right now we're trying to stay away from that and go with 12 pitchers. I'm hoping we can."
THOR AVAILABLE: Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard could pitch out of the bullpen against the White Sox on Tuesday , manager Terry Collins said. Syndergaard made just 34 pitches Saturday night before he was ejected for throwing behind Dodgers 2B Chase Utley.
MARINERS-RANGERS TRADE: Seattle acquired minor-league OF Patrick Kivlehan, 26, from Texas for a player to be named or cash.
ANGELS: 3B Yunel Escobar, the former Rays shortstop, left in the third inning with a bruised left wrist after being hit by a grounder.
BREWERS: LF Ryan Braun (neck) was out of the starting lineup for the eighth time in the past 14 games.
CARDINALS: SS Jhonny Peralta, who has been out all season with a torn ligament in his left thumb, will have his rehab assignment delayed for at least three days as he recovers from a cut on his right thumb.
DODGERS: RHP Kenta Maeda, whose right hand was hit by a comebacker Saturday, said the hand felt much better a day later and he plans to make his scheduled start Thursday. … LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu felt sore after his latest start with Triple-A Oklahoma City, putting his rehab on hold. Ryu has had shoulder surgery and a groin injury since he last pitched in the majors on Sept. 12, 2014.
INDIANS: RHP Carlos Carrasco (strained left hamstring) pitched four innings on a rehab assignment at Double-A Akron on Saturday and could rejoin the rotation this week.
ORIOLES: SS J.J. Hardy, on the 15-day disabled list since May 3 with a fractured left foot, had his walking boot removed and will have a CT scan this week.
RED SOX: DH David Ortiz was scratched with a sore left foot and is day to day.
YANKEES: RF Carlos Beltran sat out the game against the Rays because of right shoulder tightness, and INF Dustin Ackley could be headed to the disabled list after jamming his right shoulder while diving into first base.