Royals star catcher Salvador Perez to become US citizen

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)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City Royals star catcher Salvador Perez is about to become a U.S. citizen.

The Royals say Perez passed his citizenship exam earlier this month and will be be joined by Chief U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips on the Royals FanFest main stage Friday at the Kansas City Convention Center to take the oath of allegiance.

He says he is “grateful to this country for the many opportunities I have been given; including the ability to play professional baseball."

Perez was sidelined last season by Tommy John surgery but is preparing to return to the roster this year.

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