Royals Looking For Veteran Catching Depth

With Salvador Perez and Manny Pina both sidelined by knee injuries, the Royals are in the market for a veteran catcher, reports Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.  Dutton hears there is "growing urgency" to find a catcher to play alongside Brayan Pena (the only healthy catcher on the team's 40-man roster) until Perez is able to return to action.

Ivan Rodriguez, Craig Tatum, Corky Miller and Wil Nieves are cited as Dutton as potential targets.  All are right-handed hitters who could pair with the switch-hitting Pena (who hits better against righties, only still at only a .676 OPS) behind the plate, though clearly defense and game-calling would be the Royals' focus rather than trying to find a big bat.

Perez, who recently signed a five-year extension with Kansas City, suffered a meniscus tear on Tuesday and will undergo surgery tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.  Pina will be out until the middle of May after tearing cartilage in his right knee in February.



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