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Salvador Perez “fine” after beaning

Mar 26, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

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Royals catcher Salvador Perez was lifted from Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the Padres after taking a pitch off his batting helmet. He laid on the ground for over a minute in what looked like a potentially serious situation, but the early updates out of Arizona have been promising.

A club trainer told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star that the pitch struck Perez near the back of his left ear and deemed it a “non-concussive head impact.” The Royals may run some tests to be sure, but it sounds as though their star 23-year-old catcher will be ready for the start of the 2014 regular season.

Perez, for what it’s worth, said after Wednesday’s game that he felt “fine.”

He batted .292/.323/.433 with 13 home runs and 79 RBI in 138 games last season.

  1. rcali - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    This is what we call Karma.

    • 1footballfan4life - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      You have got to be joking. This is one of the most talented young players in the league and couldn’t be a nicer guy. I am personally glad that he is ok and I look forward to watching him tear it up this year!

    • rocketsteadman - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      Karma from what? Did he hurt your fantasy team somehow? Or do you just have a personal vendetta against the Royals in general?

    • chiefs2582 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      I’d love to hear your explanation of “Karma”. This kid is loved by many outside of KC, but not sure how you couldn’t respect him. He is nothing but a class act and extremely mature for 23. That maturity level he has shown from working with the future ace (Ventura) to getting praise from the likes of Shields and Vargas for calling such great games. There are only a few kids like this each decade that come along, and many are arrogant (even Wil Myers has some arrogance to him). But Sal is the man. Love watching this kid play ball!

  2. sportsdrenched - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    This guy is one of my favorite Royals, but man he is a glutton for punishment. Part of that is being a catcher, and part of it I think it’s just part of being Sal Perez.

    Royals fans better enjoy him while they have him. He’s locked up to a club friendly contract…but I worry that he wont last that long.

    • chiefs2582 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      I agree. A ot of it has to do with him being a catcher. But I think more has to do with his luck, or lack there of. From the ball whizzing off the bat directly back at him, to an unavoidable wild pitch last night, he is just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But the contract he is under is WONDERFUL. Go Royals.

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