7/6/2014 12:10 A.M. ET
Infante back in lineup after resting sore back
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Second baseman Omar Infante's balky back was feeling better on Saturday, so he was in the Royals' starting lineup against the Indians.
"He feels good right now, but if he goes out and starts to stiffen up, we might make an adjustment, but I don't see that happening," manager Ned Yost said before the game.
Rookie Christian Colon filled in for Infante on Friday night and went 3-for-4 with a triple, two doubles, three runs and an RBI.
Yost shakes up order, slides Butler down to No. 6
CLEVELAND -- Billy Butler has fallen on hard times and, on Saturday night, he fell in the Royals' batting order as well. Butler was dropped from third to sixth.
"He's just in kind of a funk," manager Ned Yost said. "He was really swinging the bat until we went on this road trip. He was doing fine."
Indeed, Butler was 1-for-19 (.053) in the first four games of this trip. Perez, meantime, was 6-for-15 (.400).
In their new alignment in a 7-3 loss to the Indians, Perez was 1-for-4 with a single and Butler went 2-for-4, both singles. Neither had an RBI, and Butler twice made the third out with two runners on base.
"I had a couple chances -- I was the tying run … and it just didn't work out." Butler said.
Butler had no complaint about being dropped in the order.
"We haven't scored runs consistently, so he's got to continue to change it up. I've got really no argument for it," Butler said after the game.
"I'm just not in a groove right now. It's kind of been that way -- hot and cold for me this year -- and I've been consistent my whole career. It's one of those things that's really frustrating."
Yost doesn't like to juggle his lineup very much, but occasionally he'll decide to go with the hot hand.
"Salvy's been as hot as anybody in baseball the last two weeks and I don't know how many RBIs he's gotten -- not many," Yost said. "He's hitting the ball really well and not much production to show for it, because nobody's on in front of him."
Go back to the 12 games prior to Saturday night and Perez was 15-for-43 (.349) with just three RBIs, and two of those came on his home runs. In the same 12 games, Butler was 8-for-48 (.167) with two RBIs.
"That's just how it is. I got into a rut there pretty quick," Butler said. "That's how quick baseball can get you."
Butler was confident his game would come around.
"The second half will be fun," Butler said. "My swing will be where it needs to be."
Royals send three to Triple-A All-Star Game
CLEVELAND -- Three members of the Omaha club will represent the Royals in the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 16 at Durham, N.C.
Catcher Francisco Pena, outfielder Paulo Orlando and relief pitcher Spencer Patton will be on the Pacific Coast League team that will face the International League stars.
Pena, the son of former Royals manager Tony Pena, leads PCL catchers and Omaha with 14 home runs. He's also thrown out 41 percent of potential basestealers (21 of 31).
Orlando would become the first native Brazilian to play in the Triple-A All-Star Game. He has a .310 average with five homers, 37 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.
Patton has 14 saves, a 4-3 record, a 4.54 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings.
Colon, Mortensen win June Minor League honors
CLEVELAND -- Christian Colon, now with the parent Kansas City club, was named Triple-A Omaha's Player of the Month for June, and right-hander Clayton Mortensen was named Pitcher of the Month.
The top player and pitcher, respectively, for the other farm clubs:
Double-A Northwest Arkansas: outfielder Lane Adams and right-hander Andrew Ferguson; Class A Advanced Wilmington: third baseman Hunter Dozier and right-hander Christian Binford; Class A Lexington: third baseman Mauricio Ramos and right-hander Jake Junis; Rookie League Idaho Falls: first baseman Ryan O'Hearn and right-hander Jake Newberry; Rookie League Burlington: first baseman Brandon Dulin and right-hander Nik Stephenson; Rookie League Dominican: second baseman Offerman Collado and left-hander Reinaldo Cepin.
• Infielder Pedro Ciriaco has cleared waivers and has until Sunday to decide if he'll accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Omaha or become a free agent. He was designated for assignment on Monday.
• Pitching coach Dave Eiland celebrated his 48th birthday on Saturday. He shares the date with Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage and singer Huey Lewis, both 63.
• Left-hander Tim Collins, sent to Triple-A Omaha to polish his game, pitched two scoreless innings against Colorado Spring on Friday. In 12 innings, Collins has given up one run and three hits with 20 strikeouts.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.