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Salvador Perez Has Torn Meniscus; Needs Surgery

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals reacts as he takes the field to play the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field on August 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals reacts as he takes the field to play the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field on August 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
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Danny Knobler of CBS Sports tweets that 21-year-old Royals catcher Salvador Perez will undergo surgery on his knee for a laterally torn meniscus.

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.