Salvador Perez will be out for a while, but probably not for the season, to undergo thumb surgery, the Kansas City Royals announced Friday.
The Royals placed Perez on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to June 21, though that detail won't bring him back any sooner. But the club said he is expected to return in 2022 after his surgery, which will repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.
Perez previously injured the thumb in May and spent 10 days on the IL. He reinjured the thumb Tuesday during the Royals' win over the Angels. The 32-year-old All-Star catcher did not play Wednesday and the Royals were off Thursday.
A year after tying for the major league lead and a franchise record with 48 home runs and leading MLB with 121 RBIs, Perez is batting .211 with 11 ho•mers (tops on the team) and 34 RBIs, though he had been heating up in June.
Rookie MJ Melendez figures to be the Royals' primary catcher during Salvy's absence, with Cam Gallagher as the backup.
Replacing Perez on the active roster is outfielder Edward Olivares, who had been rehabbing in Triple-A from a right quad strain. Olivares, 26, had 13 hits in 35 at-bats (.371 average) with the Royals prior to his injury in early May.
The Royals made four other roster moves Friday:
• Returned right-hander Zack Greinke from a rehabilitation assignment and reinstated him from the injured list. Greinke, who has been out since May 29 with a right flexor strain, will start against the Oakland Athletics on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
• Placed left-hander Daniel Lynch on the 15-day IL (retroactive to June 23) with a blister on his left index finger.
• Announced that left-hander Jake Brentz has returned from a rehab assignment.
• Announced that right-hander Joel Payamps will start a rehab assignment Friday night with Triple-A Omaha.