SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A name other than Ivan Rodriguez has popped up on the Royals' radar screen in the search for a catcher: Humberto Quintero.
Quintero, who had been out with a bulging disk in his back, made his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday and caught five innings for the Astros against the Mets. He was 1-for-3 with a line drive single up the middle.
The Royals, looking for a catcher after regular Salvador Perez underwent knee surgery, reportedly had a scout at the game.
Quintero, 32, is in his eighth year with the Astros and is signed to a one-year contract for $1 million. However, the Astros have Jason Castro slated to start, and Quintero is competing with Chris Snyder for the backup job. Snyder has had a good camp and Quintero, because of his back problem, has to play catch-up. The Astros also recently signed catcher Landon Powell.
Quintero has a reputation for calling a good game, and has a strong arm. Last season he played 79 games and batted .240.
Rodriguez, a free agent, previously was reported to have drawn some interest from the Royals.
Wood shut down for week with elbow soreness
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals reliever Blake Wood will be out 10 days to two weeks with a sore right elbow, the team reported on Sunday during their 6-4 win over the Indians in Cactus League action at Surprise Stadium.After that period -- which will coincide with end of Spring Training -- Wood will be re-evaluated and placed on a throwing program before he returns to live games. That determination was made about Wood's status after he was examined on Sunday by team physicians. Kansas City manager Ned Yost lifted Wood during the eighth inning of Saturday night's loss to the Padres at nearby Peoria. The right-hander had recorded the first out before walking three straight batters. He had a 1-2 count on Jedd Gyorko when Yost went out and got him. "It's something that's sore and it's going to take some time to heal, but I don't think it's anything of a serious nature," Yost said about the injury before Sunday's game. "So we'll shut him down for a week or so. We've got to get that soreness out of there."
Wood arrived at the clubhouse on Sunday wearing a sleeve on the elbow, and he will be temporarily shut down after making four appearances and tossing 3 1/3 innings. He's 1-2 with an 8.10 ERA."I tried to recover a little bit, but it just got progressively worse," Wood said about the Saturday night outing. "It started to worry me because I didn't want to do something real bad. I just couldn't get through anything because it was hurting. It's hard to command the ball when you're going through something like that." Wood said this is all new territory for him. "I've had stuff before, but I've never been taken out of a game before," he said. Yost said that it wasn't the sudden spate of wildness that really alarmed him. "Even though they're pitching you're watching for a lot of different things," Yost said. "You're watching for facial expressions and body language. He was throwing 97 miles per hour."
Perez begins rehab work after knee surgery
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Catcher Salvador Perez was on crutches in the Royals' clubhouse Sunday morning, heading for what will be a daily destination for him -- the training room.
Perez has launched his rehabilitation work after knee surgery on Friday for repair of a torn lateral meniscus. The initial estimation is that he'll be out for 12 to 14 weeks and might not be ready for Major League action until around the All-Star break.
"No bueno," he said.
As he made his way through the room, a teammate stopped him to examine the puffy-appearing knee.
"It hurts a little bit," Perez admitted.
The good news is that the medical team has assured him that his knee will be as good as it was before the injury last Monday.
"Even better," he said.
Royals trim spring roster to 43 players
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- On Sunday, the Royals optioned three players to Triple-A Omaha -- first baseman Clint Robinson, and outfielders Derrick Robinson and David Lough.
The moves reduce the Royals' camp roster to 43.
Clint Robinson, stuck behind Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler in the first base-designated hitter ranks, batted .318 (7-for-22) in the Cactus League, with one double and two RBIs.
Derrick Robinson hit .364 (4-for-11) with three RBIs, and Lough's average was .316 (6-for-19), with two triples and one RBI.
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.