Perez expected back from the Classic by Tuesday

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Catcher Salvador Perez, with his Venezuelan team eliminated in the World Baseball Classic, is expected back in the Royals' camp shortly.

"I think he's coming back Monday. I've got him in the lineup on Tuesday, so he better be here," manager Ned Yost said.

Perez was 1-for-5 in two games for Venezuela, which went 1-2 in the Classic.

Also returning after Monday's day off will be pitcher Luis Mendoza, whose team Mexico was also eliminated. He'll resume his bid to get in the running for the fifth rotation spot with Bruce Chen and Luke Hochevar.

First baseman Eric Hosmer and pitcher Tim Collins are heading for Miami with Team USA for the second round. Hosmer hammered a three-run double in the ninth inning on Sunday to cement USA's 9-4 victory over Canada.

Also headed for Miami are second baseman Irving Falu with Puerto Rico, and pitchers Kelvin Herrera and Atahualpa Severino and third baseman Miguel Tejada with the Dominican Republic. Both teams also advanced to the second round.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.