Smoke signals

• Indians closer Chris Perez underwent X-rays on his right thumb after being struck on the hand by a comebacker in the ninth inning of Sunday's 10-3 win over the Royals. The images came back clean and Perez was confident he could pitch on Monday, if needed.

"I should be good to go," said Perez, whose thumb was bruised and still a little numb on Monday. "I finished the inning, so I don't see why I couldn't go out there."

• Indians catcher Carlos Santana went 6-for-9 in Sunday's doubleheader with Kansas City to lift his season batting average to .388, which led the Major Leagues entering Monday. As things currently stand, Santana's average would be the highest in April for an Indians catcher, surpassing the .387 mark turned in by Sandy Alomar Jr. in 1997.

• Mike Aviles (Game 2 on Sunday), Jason Giambi (April 20) and Mark Reynolds (April 13) have each enjoyed a five-RBI game this season for the Indians. Entering Monday, that marked the most five-RBI efforts by any team in the Majors this season. Detroit (Prince Fielder and Matt Tuiasosopo) is the only other club with at least two five-RBI showings.

• Triple-A Columbus right-hander Trevor Bauer was scratched from his scheduled start against Pawtucket on Monday. The Indians have confirmed that Bauer (1-0 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts at Triple-A this season) will start Wednesday's game against the Phillies.

• Prior to Monday's game against the Royals, the Indians optioned left-hander Scott Barnes to Triple-A Columbus. Barnes was promoted from Columbus on Sunday to serve as the 26th man on Cleveland's roster for the doubleheader against Kansas City.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.