Salvador Perez Returns From Knee Surgery

The Royals' young catcher suffered a spring-training injury, but now he's back to major-league action.

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Salvador Perez Activated By Royals

Just two weeks after Salvador Perez signed a long-term deal with the Kansas City Royals as a young centerpiece for their team, he suffered a left-meniscus tear — and not even in a game, just from warming a pitcher up in the bullpen.

Earlier this month, Perez’s knee had improved enough to send him on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha. Friday, he will make his 2012 debut with the Royals:

Perez hit .340/.365/.380 in 12 rehab games. He was the DH four times and caught eight games, which was enough for the Royals to return him to the major leagues.

The Royals’ 40-man roster is currently full, so they’ll have to make a move off that roster as well as make a 25-man roster move to activate Perez. The most likely 40-man roster move would be to place Felipe Paulino, who was diagnosed with a torn UCL, on the 60-day disabled list.

Kansas City has had many injuries this season, but they begin Friday just 4½ games out of first place. The return of Perez should help.

For more on the Royals, please visit Royals Review and SB Nation Kansas City.

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Salvador Perez Scheduled For Rehab Assignment

The Royals’ 21-year-old catcher, Salvador Perez, was so valuable to the team’s future that they locked him up with a five-year contract (with options that could carry through 2019) before spring training began.

Then Perez tore a meniscus in his left knee while warming up a pitcher in the bullpen before his first spring-training game even began.

You can’t make this stuff up.

At the time it was projected that Perez would be out 12 to 14 weeks. Well, here we are just about 12 weeks later, and…

This would be very good news for the Royals; they could use Perez’s bat, as they are second-to-last in the AL in runs scored, and as they are lurking just 6½ games out of first place in the AL Central, maybe they have some designs at making a run for the top.

Or not. It’s the Royals, after all. But with Perez back soon, maybe they can dream.

For more on the Royals, please visit Royals Review and SB Nation Kansas City.

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