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Salvador Perez to miss four to six weeks with torn MCL

Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 02: Catcher Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals walks to the dugout before the start of the Royals and Baltimore Orioles game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 2, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Getty Images’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Royals catcher Salvador Perez slipped while carrying his luggage last night, tearing his MCL. He’s expected to be out for four to six weeks.

That’s obviously a huge loss for the Royals. Perez has emerged as one of the best catchers in the game. Last season, he hit .268/.297/.495 with 27 home runs and 80 RBI while ranking among the better defensive backstops.

Perez was also coming off of a terrific spring. He hit .350 with six homers and 11 RBI in 44 PA. Drew Butera, who was going to be Perez’s backup, will likely step up into a regular starting role.

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