Royals' Salvador Perez (elbow) to play catcher Thursday

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (elbow) is expected to make his first Cactus League start at catcher on Thursday.

What It Means:

Perez is expected to be ready for Opening Day after missing all of 2019 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. His batting average dipped from .268 in 2017 to .235 in 2018.

Despite the regression in batting average, Perez hit exactly 27 homers and 80 RBI in each of his last two seasons.