Royals C Pina to undergo knee surgery

Royals catcher Manny Pina will undergo surgery to repair a torn

meniscus in his right knee and could miss the rest of spring


Pina hurt the knee Wednesday when he twisted to catch a foul tip

in batting practice. Manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Pina would

return to Kansas City, where surgery will be performed.

The 24-year-old from Venezuela was competing with Brayan Pena to

be the backup to starting catcher Salvador Perez. Pina made his big

league debut last season, hitting .214 over the course of four

games in August. He hit .238 in 68 games with Triple-A Omaha.

In other news, left-hander Jose Mijares could arrive in camp

soon after working out visa issues in Venezuela. The Royals had not

been in contact with him for several days, but Yost said Mijares

had simply been out of cell-phone service while taking care of

family issues.