Royal Receiver Salvador Perez The team announced that the ulnar collateral ligament had been damaged in the right elbow. Perez is directed to a second opinion of Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
The ultimate prognosis is not yet known, clearly, but the signs are not promising. In the best of cases, the backstop of the work horse is likely to miss a decent stretch for rest and rehabilitation. If the ligament is damaged enough to require surgery, its 2019 season may be at risk.
Beyond Perez, the Royals have a rather thin choice. Cam Gallagher and Meibrys Viloria are the only two other reinforcements on the list of 40 people – and the only two to have ever seen a MLB action.
If the Royals go looking for another option, they will probably focus on a short-term solution. Perez, 28, is expected to earn $ 10 million this season as part of the second overtime he's signed with the K.C. club. This agreement also promises him $ 13 million a year in the next two campaigns.
It seems like the Royals are preparing for the worst. They have already been in contact with a veteran free agent Martin Maldonado, who languished on the open market, by Jon Heyman of the MLB network (via Twitter). Presumably, the club will also consider the trade market.