September 07, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez has only a bruise on his right wrist after getting hit by a pitch.

X-rays on Perez's throwing hand showed no broken bone, but Perez was held out of the starting lineup at Minnesota on Wednesday, a night after getting plunked by Twins pitcher Ervin Santana. Manager Ned Yost told reporters he hopes to put the All-Star back behind the plate for the next game Friday at Chicago.

Drew Butera was catching for the series finale against the Twins.

Perez has 20 home runs and 59 RBIs in 121 games for the defending champion Royals, who started Wednesday four games out of the second AL wild card spot.

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