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Salvador Perez has damage to UCL

Kansas City Royals Photo Day

SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 22: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals poses for a portrait during photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 22, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Terrible news for the Royals: an MRI has revealed that catcher Salvador Perez’s has damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. It was injured during a workout on Wednesday.

Perez will get a second opinion early next week before the next step is determined, but Tommy John surgery is a possibility. If that is the case, he’d be out for the year in all likelihood.

Perez, unquestionably the Royals’ team leader, hit .235/.274/.439 with 27 homers in 2018. If he is lost, Cam Gallagher and Meibrys Viloria are the Royals’ most likely 1-2 combination behind the plate.

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