Reports: Perez to undergo Tommy John surgery, likely miss season

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez talks with teammates during spring training baseball practice Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(WIBW) - A second opinion on All-Star catcher Salvador Perez's injured right elbow has reportedly confirmed the worst for the Royals.

Multiple outlets are reporting an examination in Los Angeles confirmed the initial diagnosis of ligament damage for its star veteran, meaning he will need to undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. This means Perez would likely miss the entire season.

Kansas City has not played a whole season without Perez since 2010. He is dealing with damage to his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, which is his throwing arm.

The six-time All-Star played in just one Cactus League for the Royals this spring as a designated hitter. Perez, a 28-year-old, tied career highs in home runs (27) and RBI (80) last season while hitting for a career low in batting average (.235). He also won his fifth Gold Glove award while earning a second Silver Slugger honor.