Perez indicated he was fine after dealing with thumb swelling Thursday, but he returned to the lineup Saturday and is again playing Sunday. He'll bat sixth as the Royals attempt to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Dioner Navarro will take over at catcher for Martin, who just appears to be getting a night off with the Blue Jays gearing up for the postseason. Look for him to return to the lineup Sunday.
Martin has provided some pop - he now has 23 long ones and 77 RBI - but his batting average (.241) has slumped in the second half. The Blue Jays have given him several days off over the past couple of weeks as they attempt to freshen him up heading into the playoffs, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him out of the lineup either Saturday or Sunday.
Casali has been out since Aug. 25 with a strained left hamstring, and it appears he just ran out of time to return this season. His 2015 campaign will end with a surprisingly productive year in the power department, hitting 10 homers in just 38 games and boasting a .594 slugging percentage.
The report did not indicate anything about Flowers' availability for the remainder of the season, so he should be behind the plate for most of the team's final few games against the Royals. Flowers will presumably have enough time to recover from the surgery to reclaim his spot atop the White Sox's catching depth chart in 2016, assuming the club does not opt to acquire a more offensively-adept backstop.
Unfortunately for the Indians, that one swing generated their only runs on the day. Perez hasn't offered much in fantasy, but he's now homered in two of his last three starts and has seven hits in 20 at-bats (a .350 average) over his last six starts, so he's closing things out on a high note.
Perez was likely removed from Thursday's contest for precautionary reasons, as it appears he will be good to go moving forward. Given the current situation with the Royals and the impending playoff run on tap, it's possible the Royals will rest their injured players for the weekend series, depending on how much they value home field advantage. If that's the case, Drew Butera seems the likely candidate to receive starts behind the plate.
In a nightmare night for the Royals, Perez becomes the fourth player to earn a day-to-day tag on the team, though Lorenzo Cain's existed prior to Thursday. Fortunately, none of the injuries to this point appear serious, so it's quite possible the club is being cautious. Perez will join Cain, Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios as day-to-day, but the club may elect to rest them, which could mean starts for either Drew Butera or Francisco Pena if Perez sits.
.It's surprising to see a .236 hitter go 4 for 4, but Flowers has that sort of potential. There has always been flashes of brilliance for Flowers, but he's yet to maintain that form for more than a few games. He's worth keeping an eye on for two-catcher leagues, but outside of that his Fantasy value is minimal.
With rookie Greg Bird struggling against left-handed pitching and Mark Teixeira out for the season, the Yankees are looking for a right-handed option to potentially see some starts at first base. If the team feels comfortable enough with his defensive abilities, Murphy could draw a start there either in the final week of the regular season or in the playoffs.