Terrible news for the Royals: an MRI has revealed that catcher Salvador Perez‘s has damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. It was injured during a workout on Wednesday.
Perez will get a second opinion early next week before the next step is determined, but Tommy John surgery is a possibility. If that is the case, he’d be out for the year in all likelihood.
Perez, unquestionably the Royals’ team leader, hit .235/.274/.439 with 27 homers in 2018. If he is lost, Cam Gallagher and Meibrys Viloria are the Royals’ most likely 1-2 combination behind the plate.
The Yankees placed Nestor Cortes on the 15-day injured list with a left rotator cuff strain that will sideline the left-hander for at least two starts.
The move is retroactive to Monday and Cortes will be shut down for at least 15 days.
After Tuesday’s game, Cortes said the shoulder has been bothering him between starts and more so after he pitched five innings May 30 in Seattle.
“I took two days off and when I got to LA and threw that first day, I didn’t feel right,” Cortes said Tuesday. “But it was first day coming back from pitching so I knew it was going to be nagging a little bit. So I waited a little bit.
“That second day in LA was when I said something because it felt like I had pitched yesterday. So I wasn’t recovering in time.”
Cortes is 5-2 with a 5.16 ERA in 11 starts and has particularly struggled later in outings. Opponents are hitting .447 when facing him for the third time in a game.
Last year, Cortes was an All-Star and went 12-4 with a 2.44 ERA in 28 starts.
Randy Vásquez was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre to take Cortes’ spot in the rotation and will make his second career start in Thursday’s doubleheader. Vásquez made his major league debut May 26 against San Diego when the Yankees needed a starter because Domingo Germán was serving a 10-game suspension for using sticky substances.