Salvador Perez hurts elbow, may need season-ending surgery

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 10, 2018 file photo, Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez bats against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. Kansas City Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez damaged the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, raising the possibility the 2015 World Series MVP may need Tommy John surgery and miss the season. Perez was hurt during a workout on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Kansas City Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez damaged the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, raising the possibility the 2015 World Series MVP may need Tommy John surgery and miss the season.

Perez was hurt during a workout Wednesday, and the team said a MRI on Thursday revealed the damage. Perez will travel next week to California for a second opinion from Los Angeles Dodgers head team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

The 28-year-old has been an All-Star for six straight seasons and won Gold Gloves in five of the last six years. He hit .235 last year and had 27 home runs and 80 RBIs for the second straight season. He has a $10 million salary this year and is owed $13 million in each of the following two seasons.

Cam Gallagher and Meibrys Viloria are the other catchers on Kansas City's 40-man roster. Gallagher, who appeared in 35 games during the past two years, has a .218 career average with two home runs and 12 RBIs.

Viloria, 22, was a September callup last season and has appeared in only three major league games, his only experience above Class A.

Drew Butera, the Royals' primary backup the past three years, was traded to Colorado on Aug. 31 and signed a minor league contract with Philadelphia last month.

Martin Maldonado, a 2017 Gold Glove winner, is available as a free agent.

AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE

TWINS 4, RED SOX 3

Michael Pineda made his first start for the Twins as he comes back from Tommy John surgery, allowing one hit in two innings, striking out one and walking none. The 30-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched in the major leagues since July 2017. He signed with the Twins in December 2017 and as he neared a return late last season, he tore the meniscus in his right knee.

Marwin Gonzalez, who agreed to a $21 million, two-year contract with Minnesota, was 0 for 2 in his first spring training game. Byron Buxton hit his third home run and Trevor May, competing for the closer's job, pitched a scoreless fifth inning.

Rafael Devers doubled and Sandy Leon hit his first home run, a two-run drive.

PHILLIES 7, PIRATES (SS) 3

J.T. Realmuto, among Philadelphia's offseason acquisitions, had his first home run and triple of spring training.

Pittsburgh cleanup hitter Jose Osuna went 0 for 3 and is batting .077.

METS 7, TIGERS 1

Jacob deGrom made his second start for New York, allowing just one hit in three shutout innings while striking out four. Amed Rosario and Devin Mesoraco hit solo home runs. Tim Tebow started in left field for the Mets and went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts, reaching base when he was hit by a pitch.

Detroit starter Tyson Ross gave up three runs, three hits and three walks in two innings.

NATIONALS 5, MARLINS 4

Stephen Strasburg made his first spring training start and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings while striking out two. Brian Dozier, Yan Gomes, Michael A. Taylor and Victor Robles hit solo home runs for the Nationals.

Miami's Trevor Richards made his second start, giving up one run, one hit and two walks in three innings.

PIRATES (SS) 1, BLUE JAYS (SS) 1

Toronto's Aaron Sanchez made his first start and allowed only a walk in two scoreless innings. Newcomer Clayton Richard followed with two shutout innings

BRAVES 4, BLUE JAYS (SS) 3

Brian McCann singled for his first hit of the exhibition season in his return to Atlanta after stints with the Yankees and Astros.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered for the first time this spring training for Toronto.

RAYS 10, ORIOLES (SS) 5

Newcomer Guillermo Heredia had a two-run home run and an RBI single for Tampa Bay. Austin Meadows hit a solo home run.

Charlie Morton made his first start for the Rays and retired all four batters he faced.

Alex Cobb, just 5-15 in his first season with Baltimore, made his first start and gave up four runs, three hits and a walk while retiring just two batters. Chance Sisco homered for the fourth time.

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