Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez is expected to be out seven to 10 days with a bruised left thigh after colliding with rookie third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert while catching a foul popup.

Perez was hurt Saturday and an MRI confirmed the injury was a contusion and there was no structural damage.

“Hopefully it’s not going to require a trip to the DL,” Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday. “We’re hoping he’ll be back in seven to 10 days. It could be earlier or later. We’ll just have to wait and see and just manage it day to day.”

Perez said he was relieved after the MRI results.

“As soon as Cheslor hit me, I thought it was going to be worse,” Perez said. “But after the MRI, we’re thinking a (few) days. I don’t know exactly how many days, but I will do my best to get into the lineup. Of course, I was scared before the MRI.”

Head athletic trainer Nick Kenney said Perez also has a bone bruise on his knee that will take some time to heal, but that it was “playable.”

Kansas City recalled catcher Tony Cruz from Triple-A Omaha, where he was hitting .278 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 31 games. Cruz had a .220 average in 229 games with St. Louis during the past five years.

Utility infielder back

Wilmer Flores was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the New York Mets and inserted into the starting lineup at third base Sunday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The utility infielder filled in at third for David Wright, who missed his second consecutive game with a neck problem.

Flores had been sidelined since May 12 with a mild left hamstring strain. He went 4 for 17 (.235) in five rehab games with Double-A Binghamton.

Flores began the night hitting .180 with one home run, two doubles and two RBI in 50 at-bats this season. He was set to bat sixth.

To open a roster spot, the Mets optioned infielder Matt Reynolds to Triple-A Las Vegas. Reynolds went 1 for 10 with a walk for New York.

Yankees banged up

New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran missed Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays because of right shoulder tightness, and infielder Dustin Ackley could be headed to the disabled list.

Yankees Mark Teixeira didn’t start for the fifth consecutive game because of neck stiffness but entered in the seventh as a defensive replacement for Ackley, who jammed his right shoulder diving into first base.

Ackley was to have an MRI, and manager Joe Girardi said he expects Ackley to go on the disabled list.

“I’m hoping for the best,” Ackley said.

Beltran was hurt Saturday on a checked swing.

“A little sore, but I’m good,” Beltran said. “I saw the doctor yesterday and he said that it should go away in a couple days, so I’m not worried.”