Royals’ Perez may need Tommy John surgery

Kansas City Royals star catcher Salvador Perez has been diagnosed with damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the team announced Friday.

The Royals said Perez suffered the injury to his throwing arm during a workout on Wednesday. An MRI exam performed Thursday revealed the injury.

The six-time All-Star is slated to travel to Los Angeles to visit specialist Dr. Neal ElAttrache for a second opinion. ElAttrache is noted for performing Tommy John surgeries.

Salvador Perez
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Perez’s only appearance this spring came as a designated hitter.

Perez, 28, batted a career-low .235 last season but matched career highs of 27 homers and 80 RBIs while playing in 129 games.

The five-time Gold Glove winner is owed $36 million over the next three seasons, including $10 million this season.

Perez was MVP of the 2015 World Series when the Royals defeated the New York Mets in five games.

Perez has a .266 career average with 141 homers and 503 RBIs in parts of eight seasons with Kansas City.

–Field Level Media

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