Salvador Perez (knee), Alex Gordon (hip) back from DL trips

Salvador Perez carried his own suitcase up the stairs when he arrived home from a stint at Triple-A Omaha, never once thinking about how perilous the trek was the last time he tried it.

Last month, the Royals’ All-Star catcher was toting his bags up the stairs after returning from spring training when he slipped awkwardly on a step. He wound up straining ligaments in his left knee and has spent nearly a month on the disabled list.

“It was good to get out there [at Triple-A] and test it in a game situation,” he said. “Now I’m just going to try to grind it out and finish the year healthy.”

Gordon said it’s possible he’ll need another injection, but “I’m not planning on it.”

Gallagher was hitting .208 and Orlando was hitting .191 when they were sent to Omaha. Grimm was 0-2 with a 21.86 ERA in 10 appearances while dealing with his ailing back.

“I think he felt it for a while,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He wouldn’t admit it. But we knew something wasn’t right. He came clean that he wasn’t firing off his backside very well.”

Yost said he’d been trying to find the right opportunity to give Stout a look after the young reliever impressed him in spring training a year ago. Stout was 1-0 with a 4.70 ERA in five appearances at Omaha this season, though his numbers were inflated by one bad outing.

“We’ll see what he has,” Yost said.

Mel Kiper projects the first round of the draft Thursday night, based on what he’s hearing. What will the Browns do with the first pick?

A family member told ESPN’s Jake Trotter that the Mayfields knew of the now-famous Favre photo taken in his bedroom at his parents’ home in Mississippi on the night of the 1991 draft, an image taken by a local newspaper photographer that eventually spread to national magazines and television.

Baker Mayfield and his family thought it would be fun, in the days leading up to this year’s draft, to recreate the shot with family members and friends.

So they hashed out the specifics with Mayfield’s marketing team. The QB’s mother bought wallpaper that looked like the wood paneling shown in Favre’s bedroom. Baker already owned jeans shorts similar to those worn by Favre following his playing days at Southern Mississippi. They selected photos of Baker in his youth sports days to decorate the wall.

It took three hours to assemble the “set,” a family member told Trotter.

The image, though, likely will be remembered for far longer than that.sl_cardinals_063

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