Spring training has just barely begun and the Kansas City Royals have already been dealt a heavy blow for the upcoming season.
According to ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan, Salvador Perez injured the ulnar collaterol ligament in his right elbow during Wednesday’s workout in Surprise, Arizona. An MRI confirmed the damage, but Perez is traveling to Los Angeles early next week to seek the opinion of Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The Royals confirmed the news Friday.
Perez, a six-time All-Star, could be out for significant time. Passan reports that the catcher will most likely need Tommy John surgery to fix the injury, which would sideline him until 2020.
The impact of the injury cannot be downplayed. Perez has been a force both offensively and defensively for the Royals since his debut in 2011. He’s racked up five Gold Glove awards in his last six seasons and was integral to Kansas City’s World Series in in 2015. In 2018, Perez matched his career-high in home runs and RBIs with 27 dingers and 80 run batted in.
Perez has three years and $36 million left on his contract.
Cole Topham is the lead editor for snacktimefantasy.com and covers the MLB and NFL. He enjoys watching his opponents suffer as he defeats them week after week in his fantasy football/baseball leagues.