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Salvador Perez needs knee surgery

Mar 14, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

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Bad news in Royals camp: Catcher Salvador Perez was diagnosed with a left lateral meniscus tear and will require surgery.

Perez was hurt while warming up the starting pitcher prior to yesterday’s game against the Reds.  There’s no word on how long he’ll be out, though it’s not unreasonable to think that it will be several weeks after the surgery before he can work out. Figure a good chunk of his season will be lost.

Perez is only 21, but he hit .331/.361/.473 with three homers, 21 RBI and an .834 OPS over 158 plate appearances last season. Last month he signed a five-year, $7 million contract extension, suggesting that the Royals are very optimistic about his future.

Bad break. Well, tear. You know what I mean.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Godspeed, Perez! That’s a bummer for KC. When was the last time they even had an all-star catcher?

    • marshmallowsnake - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      Darrell Porter, 78 & 80.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 14, 2012 at 5:32 PM

        Oof. As a Cub fan, and having Soto be your brightest spot at catcher since, like, the good-but-not-great Jody Davis, I feel the pain.

  2. drewsylvania - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    The perils of long-term deals. Not that this one wasn’t a bargain as these things go, but still….

  3. sportsdrenched.com - Mar 14, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Other similar surgeries have recovery times of 6-8 weeks. If he’s back by Memorial Day I’ll be happy. It’s bad, but not as bad as it could have been.

  4. cur68 - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Good luck, Sally.

  5. Tyree Studio - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Punch in the gut (or knee) for Royals fans.

    Perez needs surgery, Hosmer and Moose got “banged-up” the other day…yet I’m sure Yuni and Getz are in BSOHL. Sigh.

    Hopefully you’re right sportsdrenched, and he’ll be back by Memorial Day.

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