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Royals Star Salvador Perez Placed on IL, Will Have Thumb Surgery

Related Topics: Kansas City Royals, Mike Matheny

The Royals placed star catcher Salvador Pérez on the 10-day injured list on Friday.

The seven-time All-Star will be undergoing surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament on his left thumb, the organization said. He is expected to return this season.

Royals manager Mike Matheny went into more detail about Pérez’s expected return saying that the team predicts the catcher will be gone for about eight weeks.

“We’ll use that as a template right now, but you always have to wait and see how he feels, how the recovery starts to go,” Matheny said, via MLB.