KANSAS CITY -- On Saturday, the Royals sent catcher Salvador Perez out on a rehab assignment to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, which is currently playing in San Antonio, Texas.
Perez was put on the 10-day disabled list on March 29 with a Grade 2 MCL tear in his left knee. He suffered the injury when he took a misstep at his home while carrying his Spring Training luggage up a flight of stairs.
Royals manager Ned Yost did not offer a time frame for Perez's rehab assignment.
"Probably won't be that long," Yost said. "I know he's anxious to get back."
It's possible Perez could be ready for the Royals' next homestand, which starts April 24.
Yost indicated that Perez will catch for 3-5 innings on Sunday, then serve as the designated hitter on Monday, and go 3-5 innings again at catcher on Tuesday. If all goes well, Perez then will possibly progress to back-to-back games at catcher.
Mondesi, Starling getting closer
Infielder Raul Mondesi (shoulder impingement) began playing games in the field in extended spring training on Saturday, club officials said.
Outfielder Bubba Starling (oblique strain) is expected to begin extended spring training games in 3-4 days.
Both players would need about 30-40 at-bats in extended spring training before being activated and sent out to Triple-A Omaha.