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Royals catcher Salvador Perez tears MCL from carrying luggage


Baseball could not even make it to Opening Day before the most bizarre injury of the season happened.

Royals catcher Salvador Perez slipped carrying his luggage Tuesday night and tore his MCL, the Royals announced on Wednesday.

It is a Grade 2 MCL tear and he is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Perez spoke with reporters after the team announced the injury and said he missed a step while carrying the luggage.

"I feel sad. I've put a lot of work into this year and to be behind home plate tomorrow and I'm not going to be there," he said. "Now I just need to get well and get ready."

Perez, 27, is coming off an impressive spring training, hitting .350 with six home runs and 11 RBI.

Salvador Perez will miss 4-6 weeks because of a bizzare injury. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The Royals catcher joins plenty of other baseball players before him to injure themselves in such unusual circumstances.

During the 2016 postseason, Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer sliced his pinkie finger open while playing with his drone three days before he was scheduled to pitch.

In 2012, relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain had an open dislocation of his ankle from jumping on a trampoline, and in 2004 Cubs star Sammy Sosa sprained his back by sneezing.

Perez's injury surely ranks among those.