Los Angeles Angels catcher Geovany Soto will miss the next four to six weeks after suffering a torn right meniscus.

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Soto to DL, Will Have Surgery

Wednesday, May 18 

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reported Soto will undergo surgery to correct the tear. It’s unclear whether doctors will remove the torn part of Soto’s meniscus or attempt to repair it.

Soto, 33, previously tore the same meniscus in 2014 while playing with the Texas Rangers. He later suffered an ankle injury during that season and was limited to just 24 games.

The 11-year veteran played all nine innings of Tuesday’s 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He struck out twice in his three at-bats and grounded out to the pitcher in his other plate appearance, so he showed no sign of injury. Carlos Perez being slotted into the starting lineup for Wednesday was initially seen as a regular day off for Soto in the Angels platoon.

Soto is hitting .283/.338/.483 with three home runs and seven RBI through 20 games. He was on pace for his best hitting season since 2010 when he was with the Chicago Cubs.

Perez will likely take over everyday duties with Soto out. The 25-year-old is hitting just .176/.238/.230 in his second full MLB season, but he’s a solid defensive player. The Angels should look to call up another catcher to replace Perez on the days when he needs rest. 

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