After tearing the meniscus in his right knee Wednesday while trying to catch a foul tip during batting practice, Kansas City Royals C Manny Piña is scheduled to undergo surgery in Kansas City this weekend:
"The extent (of the injury)," Royals manager Ned Yost said, "they don't really know yet. It could be three or four weeks or it could be longer - depending on where, exactly, the tear is."
It's a tough blow for the 24-year old, who couldn't make it off the field under his own power after the injury.
The 6'0 230 catcher made his major league debut last season, and he was in a battle with Brayan Peña to backup Sal Perez behind the plate.
Kansas City acquired Piña, a native of Venezuela, in a trade with the Texas Rangers in 2009.
In 68 games for Class AAA Omaha in 2011, he hit .238 with a .364 OBP, 5 HR's and 25 RBI's.