The Royals promising young catcher is headed back to Kansas City for further medical evaluations on his sore knee.
Heading to KC today -- Thanks to all the fans for the support . I will work hard to be back as soon as possible - God bless you— Salvador Perez (@SalvadorPerez15) March 14, 2012
He tried to play in the first inning but left with a noticeable limp and was replaced in the lineup by Cody Clark.
The 21-year old catcher hit .331/.361/.473 in 39 games with Kansas City last season, showing enough promise that the franchise locked him up with a 5-year $7 million contract in the off-season.
However, a knee injury is never a good sign for a young player, especially a catcher who spends most of his time crouching behind the plate:
#Royals I think there is legitimate concern about Salvador Perez' sore knee.He's among my highly rated C this season. We Have to watch it.— Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) March 14, 2012
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