Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez homered in his first rehab game with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in San Antonio on April 15, 2018. (Reynaldo Holguin )

By Naturals PR Department / Northwest Arkansas Naturals | April 15, 2018 9:09 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Kansas City Royals announced on Saturday, April 14, that Royals' catcher and 2018 Naturals Hall of Fame inductee, Salvador Perez , will begin his rehab assignment with the Naturals in San Antonio.


Perez was placed on the 10-day disabled list on March 29 with a Grade 2 MCL tear in his left knee. He suffered the injury while carrying his Spring Training luggage up a flight of stairs.


The five-time Major League All-Star played in 129 games during the 2017 regular season with the Royals and slashed .268/.297/.495 with a career-high 27 home runs, 80 runs batted in with 24 doubles. Perez has garnered four Gold Glove Awards (2013-2016) and earned a Silver Slugger Award in 2016.

Perez played the 2011 season with Northwest Arkansas before having his contract selected by Kansas City to make his Major League debut on August 10, 2011.


The Naturals continue the six-game road trip with a three-game series against the San Antonio Missions (San Diego Padres) at Nelson Wolff Stadium. Right-hander, Glenn Sparkman (0-1, 5.79) will take the ball in the opener against right-hander, Jesse Scholtens (1-0, 0.00) for the Missions.


Join the Voice of the Naturals, Benjamin Kelly, with a 1:45 p.m. pregame show, leading up to first pitch on 92.1 the Ticket and the Naturals Radio Network.


Follow the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Facebook and Twitter @NWANaturals all throughout the year by using the hashtag #NaturalPastime and #CrowntoCrown for all of our up-to-date information on the 2018 season of Naturals baseball.


The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are the Double-A Texas League Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Naturals play at state-of-the-art Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Ark. For more information, including statistics, ticket options, and more, please visit, and follow us on Twitter @NWANaturals and



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