KWCH 12 Eyewitness Sports
9:00 PM EDT, June 4, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -
George Brett was back in uniform at Kauffman Stadium.
The Hall of Fame third baseman that spent his entire career with the Kansas City Royals was made their interim hitting coach during their recent road trip. But their return Tuesday night to face Minnesota at the start of a nine-game homestand meant Brett was back wearing the home white uniform.
Brett has remained close to the Royals over the years, serving as a vice president and helping out in spring training. But he had never been an in-season coach, which means the last time Brett wore a jersey at the K for a game that counted was Sept. 29, 1993 - his last home game as a player.
Brett has been tasked with helping a scuffling Royals offense that ranks near the bottom of the league in just about every statistical category, including walks and home runs.
The Kansas City Royals reinstated catcher Salvador Perez from the restricted list and recalled right-hander Kelvin Herrera from Triple-A Omaha before Tuesday night's game against Minnesota.
To clear roster space, the Royals optioned catcher Adam Moore and reliever Louis Coleman to Omaha.
Perez left the club May 26 after the death of his grandmother. He was placed on the bereavement list for the maximum of seven days before going on the restricted list.
Herrera was sent to Omaha after struggling to control home runs. The hard-throwing Herrera threw 4 2-3 shutout innings over five appearances for the Storm Chasers.
The Royals also claimed outfielder Quintin Berry off waivers from the Detroit Tigers and optioned him to Omaha. He was hitting .168 in 49 games for Triple-A Toledo this season.