The MLB season is currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, and there is still no start date set. With baseball's future in jeopardy, fans have had little reason to celebrate.
Thursday morning, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez shared good news with the world. Perez shared an update on his health following Tommy John surgery, and all signs point to him being ready to go for this season.
For Perez, the 2020 season's postponement has become a blessing in disguise. The extra months off have given him extra time to get healthy if the Royals have a chance to play baseball this summer.
Tommy John Surgery is one of the most notorious medical operations in sports. The surgery helps repair the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow, and can sideline players for up to two seasons. It most notably plagues pitchers, including the recent surgery on New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.
Perez underwent Tommy John on March 6, 2019, and was on track to be mostly healthy to start this season. Due to the added time, Perez will be in an even more improved shape to start behind the plate for the Royals.
Perez is a Royals fan favorite. In their 2015 World Series Championship, Perez was unanimously awarded World Series MVP.
Perez's potential return gives Royals fans something to get excited about heading into 2020. Whether or not they can contend with the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central remains to be seen, but having Perez healthy is a huge win for KC.