Perez still just as crucial to the Royals success

After missing last season due to Tommy John surgery, Royals' Salvador Perez is ready to make a impact in 2020.

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March 10, 2020 - 10:25 AM

The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez (13) is greeted by Alcides Escobar after Perez scored on a two-run double by Hunter Dozier in 2018 Photo by JOHN SLEEZER/KANSAS CITY STAR/TNS

SURPRISE, Ariz. — It’s tantamount to heresy to suggest in the big data baseball age, but there truly isn’t an adequate statistic that can measure the full impact Salvador Perez’s lost season had on the Kansas City Royals last year.

This past Friday marked the one-year anniversary of Perez’s season-ending Tommy John surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament. Surgeon Neal ElAttrache performed the operation in Los Angeles and Perez’s season ended before it ever started.

One year later, “Salvy” has cleared all the necessary hurdles and reached the appropriate benchmarks to indicate he’s ready for another season as the Royals’ decorated, respected and energetic franchise catcher, one of the best two-way players at the game’s most demanding position at age 29.

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