Perez was pulled from yesterday's game after one inning because of discomfort in his knee and underwent an MRI after the game.
When ESPN reported that Perez was returning to Kansas City this morning, it seemed that ominous news was coming. That Perez will need surgery to repair a torn ligament is devastating news for the Royals, who just signed Perez to a five-year, $7 million contract on February 27.
Zack Meisel at MLB.com reports that the surgery will occur in the next few days and a timetable for Perez's return will not be available until after the surgery is completed.
The Royals catcher situation now looks incredibly worrisome. With Manny Pina also recovering from knee surgery (torn cartelidge), Kansas City will have to rely on Brayan Pena and Max Ramirez
behind the plate for the foreseeable future.