PITTSBURGH — Despite exiting Monday’s win against the Detroit Tigers in the sixth inning with a thumb injury, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez is in the starting lineup against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
Perez was initially listed as day-to-day and it was unclear if he would suit up, but according to the starting lineup released by the team, Salvy will be behind home plate for pitcher Jakob Junis.
The two-game road series in Pittsburgh is the second of three straight road series the Royals will have on this road trip.
Perez appeared in his 1,000th career game on Monday and can start the count to 2,000 when he steps on the diamond on Tuesday.
The Royals currently have the best record in the MLB heading into Tuesday night and hope to continue that momentum.