KANSAS CITY -- Manager Ned Yost has admiration for veteran Miguel Tejada's contributions off the Royals' bench, but he has no immediate plans to use him more at third base.
Tejada has occasionally spelled the struggling Mike Moustakas against left-handed pitchers, and he entered Saturday batting .323 in 14 games. He has seven RBIs and has hit two home runs, including one in Friday night's 5-2 loss to the Angels.
"That was a beautiful swing he put on that ball," Yost said. "You go back and look at the replay, and it was gorgeous."
But Yost is firm in his belief that Moustakas, who was back in the lineup on Saturday, will emerge from his .174 start this season. There's also uncertainty that Tejada, who turned 39 on Saturday, could return to regular duty and continue to be productive.
But could Tejada see more action?
"We'll just get down the road and see," Yost said.
Perez returns to Venezuela after grandmother's passing
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals will be without catcher Salvador Perez for the next few days.
Perez returned to his home in Valencia, Venezuela, on Saturday after learning of the death of his maternal grandmother. He'll be placed on the bereavement list on Sunday and can remain there for three to seven days.
The Royals are bringing up catcher Adam Moore from Triple-A Omaha during Perez's absence. Moore is hitting .190 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in 24 games for the Storm Chasers.
Moore got into four games for the Royals last September and hit a home run in his first at-bat. Overall he was 2-for-11 (.182).
Perez was sitting out Saturday's game, giving his bruised right hip a chance to heal further, when he learned of his grandmother's passing. He left immediately for Venezuela.
He had been expected to return to the lineup on Sunday in the series finale against the Angels.
Getz ejected after close play at first base
KANSAS CITY -- Royals second baseman Chris Getz was ejected from Saturday's game against the Angels in the wake of a close play at first base.
Getz was called out by umpire Marty Foster to complete a double play that ended the fifth inning. With runners at first and third, Getz grounded to second baseman Howie Kendrick. When Getz was called out on shortstop Erick Aybar's relay to first, manager Ned Yost and Getz protested the decision.
If Getz had been safe, Mike Moustakas would have scored for a 1-1 tie. As it turned out, that was the last pitch made by Angels starter Billy Buckner in his five innings of a 7-0 victory.
"That was huge. It was a good turn by the guys," Buckner said." I had a feeling that was about as far as they wanted to extend me today, but I didn't feel [tired]."
Foster is the same umpire who made the controversial safe call on the Angels' Mike Trout in Friday night's 5-2 Royals loss, ruling that Getz missed the tag.
After the play on Saturday, Getz was in the field for the top of the sixth but had some choice words for Foster as he left between innings.
"It was obviously some frustration, maybe a little bit of carryover from the night prior," Getz said. "Close play at first base. He had it one way, I had it another. I said some things, he didn't like it, tossed me and that was the end of it."
It was the second ejection of Getz's career. He was replaced by Elliot Johnson.
Dyson hoping to begin running program this week
KANSAS CITY -- Center fielder Jarrod Dyson said Saturday his recovery from a high ankle sprain is progressing well.
Dyson was injured May 15 against the Angels when he scaled the outfield wall attempting to grab a Mike Trout home run.
Dyson started wearing a boot on Friday for hitting and throwing drills, but he has not started running yet. He is hoping to start a running program next Tuesday.
"With a high ankle sprain, you can't really rush it," Dyson said. "You've got to make sure you are able to go out there and help the team. I'm not going to say I want to be 100 percent, but if I'm close, then I am ready to roll."
Since that game, the Royals have lost seven of their last eight games, including back-to-back losses to the Angels on Thursday and Friday.
"It's real hard because you always feel like you can help out every night and you are sitting there on the shelf and you can't do anything about it," Dyson said. "You cheer them on and hope they get the job done. Right now, we haven't been doing a great job, but we can't hang our heads. We've got a lot of baseball to go and we've just got to move forward."
Dyson is eligible to return on May 31, but his tentative return is set at two or three weeks, according to manager Ned Yost. Dyson was batting .268 before the injury with eight runs off 11 hits before the injury.
Duffy to begin rehab assignment Sunday
KANSAS CITY -- Danny Duffy, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June 13, will start his Minor League rehab assignment on Sunday.
Duffy will pitch four innings for Double-A Northwest Arkansas in San Antonio. A third-round Draft pick for the Royals in 2007, Duffy made 26 starts with a 6-10 record before he was placed on the disabled list last May.
"I'm wanting him to work it at his own pace," manager Ned Yost said. "He's doing really fine in his rehab and I want him to continue it and there will come a time down here in the near future where he is going to be ready. We will just wait for that time."
Felipe Paulino who had the same surgery last July 3, is currently in a throwing program at the team's Minor League facility in Surprise, Ariz.
Royals briefly shuffle coaches as Eiland returns home
KANSAS CITY -- Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland will be out of the staff rotation for a couple of days as he returns to his Florida home to attend his daughter's confirmation.
Bullpen coach Doug Henry is moving into the dugout to handle the pitchers and Steve Foster, the Royals' former bullpen coach, is returning to that post for two days. Foster is currently the organization's pitching coordinator.
Eiland is expected back for Monday's game against the Cardinals.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.