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Salvador Perez out 3-4 months after knee surgery; Royals interested in Ivan Rodriguez?

Mar 16, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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So much for Salvador Perez only missing a few weeks.

Perez underwent his scheduled knee surgery today and the Royals announced afterward that he’s expected to be out for 12-14 weeks, which would mean a mid-June return at the earliest.

In other words, there’s a strong chance the 21-year-old catcher will miss the entire first half of the season, which is an awfully tough break so soon after signing a long-term contract extension that could potentially keep him in Kansas City through 2019.

For now Brayan Pena will move atop the catching depth chart, but Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star speculated this morning that the Royals could be interested in 40-year-old Ivan Rodriguez as a veteran replacement. And that was before the news of Perez’s longer-than-expected recovery timetable.

Pena has hit just .251 with a .293 on-base percentage and .359 slugging percentage in 267 career games through age 29, but that .652 OPS is actually higher than Rodriguez’s mark in both 2011 (.604) and 2010 (.640). Rodriguez can still shut down a running game with his elite arm strength, whereas Pena has thrown out just 27 percent of steal attempts.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    This is a bummer. Pena is good for a fill in, but I hope they dont sign Pudge. At this point he doesnt have anything left and is just holding on to try for 3000 hits.

  2. nategearhart - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Bring in Pudge as a cheap backup, but do NOT go giving him $3 million and the starting job. You hear me Dayton?!

    • sportsdrenched.com - Mar 16, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      Exactly, Bring him in, but he’s the back-up catcher. But for some reason this has Benito Santiago written all over it.

      • nategearhart - Mar 16, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        I was thinking Jason Kendall. So yeah, the fact that we got two right there is a red flag.

  3. randall351 - Mar 16, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    I would be OK with Pudge coming in on the cheap, but I see one of two things happening. Dayton saying some crap like “We don’t want to bring in a veteran b/c we believe in the youngsters we have here.”, or he ends up signing Pudge to some ridiculous 2 year contact similar to the Kendall contract.

  4. sportsdrenched.com - Mar 16, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Ouch 3-4 months. Hopefully this is the under-promise, over deliver school of thought in injury anouncements

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 16, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Bring in Pudge, give him $850K, and enjoy the leadership he can provide.

  6. tigerman3 - Mar 16, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    The Royals should definatley sign Pudge. although his bat is in decline , he brings leadership, defense and the ability to handle a young pitching staff. give him a 1 yr deal and see what happens

  7. cur68 - Mar 16, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Damn. It. I wanted to watch this kid play in May. Get well soon, Sally.

    • ksbuff - Mar 17, 2012 at 12:55 AM

      Damnit Cur! Every time you call the kid Sally his prognosis gets worse. Lay off before he suffers an accidental death.

      • cur68 - Mar 17, 2012 at 2:33 AM

        Well, I wish you’d said something sooner, then. I’ve been calling Salvador that since last season. All I’ve done is doom the poor blighter. Get well soon, Salvador.

  8. vols84 - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    3-4 months….plus rehab so were looking at August or September before he might be back. This was the year this team was going to begin turn heads. Salvy can really hit. Big loss.

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