Yesterday, Salvador Perez left the Royals spring game against the Reds after just one inning after “tweaking” his knee during warmups.
There’s not a lot of information yet. Some speculation is flying around that Perez may be done for the season, but for the most part, nobody is saying what the status is.
What is known is that Perez will go back to Kansas City for now. He tweeted this morning that this was the case and that he would “work hard to be back as soon as possible”. It sounds like he’ll miss some time at least. Maybe he’s in Kansas City for more testing, maybe he has to undergo surgery. The Royals haven’t said anything yet.
That leaves Brayan Pena as the only catcher on the 40 man roster who’s healthy, as Manuel Pina was injured already this spring with a meniscus tear. His surgery will keep him out for at least another month. That there’s no “day to day” status is worrying and Perez going back to Kansas City can’t be a good omen.
He was able to crouch through the first inning, but left after trainers looked at the joint. Hopefully, he’s just seeing other specialists for second opinions and a brief amount of time off can get him back to speed. “Surgery” is not what fans will want to hear. A tweet from @goyoquintana suggests it may be a meniscus tear that requires surgery. That’s much better than any ligament damage at least (IF the tweet is to be true – the grain of salt rule applies). If that’s the case, recovery can be somewhat quick, though there will be some missed time no matter what.