Perez will travel to Los Angeles next week to get a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
How much time Perez will miss is still unknown at this time, but even if the best-case scenario unfurls itself, he'll still miss plenty of time to rest and rehab his injured elbow. If it's serious enough that is requires surgery, Perez's 2019 season would be in jeopardy.
When a player gets a second opinion on an injured UCL, it generally means he has a tear and will need Tommy John surgery, meaning Perez won't be back until 2020.
Brutal break for the Royals: Salvador Perez has an injured UCL and is visiting Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Typically, patients who seek out second opinions at Kerlan-Jobe have torn UCLs and need Tommy John surgery, which would keep him out until 2020. He’s owed $36M over three years.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 1, 2019
On top of potentially missing the entire 2019 season, the rebuilding Royals owe him $36 million over the next three years. That's not a minor price tag for a small-market franchise.
The six-time All-Star has been an iron man for the Royals behind the plate, and he's one of the lasting members of the core that led this team to back-to-back AL Pennants. In 129 games last season, Perez slashed .235/.274/.439 with 27 home runs and 80 RBI.
The 28-year-old backstop is not going to hit for a high average or get on base too much, as he's put together sub-.300 on-base percentages for five straight seasons, but he's still a Gold Glove defender and hits for plenty of power. We await positive word after a second opinion.