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Salvador Perez returns from spring training knee surgery

Jun 22, 2012, 1:13 PM EST

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At least it’s not all bad news on the Royals injury front today.

They lost starter Felipe Paulino to what will likely be season-ending Tommy John surgery, but the Royals also activated catcher Salvador Perez from the disabled list three months after he underwent knee surgery in spring training.

Perez was initially given a 12-14 week recovery timetable and made it back right on schedule, hitting .340 in 12 games during a minor-league rehab assignment before coming off the DL.

Perez was fantastic in a 39-game debut last season, hitting .331 with an .834 OPS as a 22-year-old rookie, and then signed a long-term contract that keeps him under the Royals’ control through 2019. He’ll come back down to earth offensively, but Perez’s defense has always been his calling card anyway and he has the potential to develop into one of the league’s top all-around catchers.

  1. sportsdrenched.com - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    And there was much rejoicing. Sir Robbins Mentrals are in terrible peril.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    …that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    minstrels

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