Royals catcher Salvador Perez suffers elbow ligament injury

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez suffered ligament damage to his right elbow this week, the team announced on Friday.

The Royals offered no details of how Perez was hit with the injury on Wednesday, but the six-time All-Star and four-time Golden Glover has already undergone an MRI scan.

The 28-year-old will travel to Los Angeles next week for more testing on his damaged ulnar collateral ligament with a specialist.

Kansas City are waiting to learn the length of Perez's lay-off in a position where their roster does not have a great deal of depth.

MLB Network has reported that the Royals have made contact with free agent Martin Maldonado.

Perez has a career slash line of .266/.297/.442 and has averaged almost 18 home runs and 63 RBIs in an eight-year MLB career.

He has caught 35 per cent of attempted base-stealers, well above the league expected percentage, and has a career .995 fielding percentage.

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