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Salvador Perez line drive broke Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz’s wrist

Apr 22, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

Luis Mendoza, Rusty Kuntz AP

Batting practice can be a dangerous place, as Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz unfortunately learned Monday when a Salvador Perez line drive broke his wrist.

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Kuntz was just minding his own business, standing in center field getting ready to hit some fungoes, when Perez lined a ball into his arm. Or as Kuntz described it:

I thought somebody hit me with a baseball bat. It was like “Oh my God. What the hell?” And that was the first time I’ve ever broken a bone.

He’s hoping to be back on the job as soon as this weekend and in the meantime Kuntz mostly seems focused on trying to make Perez feel less bad about what happened after a previous line drive off the Royals catcher’s bat struck Aroldis Chapman in the head.

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  1. icanspeel - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Isn’t Salvador Perez the same guy who hit the line drive that nailed Aroldis Chapman? He is dangerous with the bat.

  2. gosport474 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Wonder if Rusty Kuntz has ever met Dick Pole?

    • 4grammarpolice - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      Or Pete LaCock.

    • jwbiii - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      Pole and Kuntz never faced each other in the MLB, but in their postseason careers as coaches they did:

      Dick Pole, Cubs, 1988-1991, Giants 1993-1997, Red Sox 1998, Angels 1999, Indians 2000-2001, Expos 2002, Cubs 2003-2006, Reds 2007
      Rusty Kuntz, Mariners 1989-1992, Marlins 1995-1996, 1999-2000, Pirates 2003-2004, Royals 2008-2010, Royals 2013

      In other years, they coached in the minors so they certainly knew each other.

      Jack Glasscock passed away a few years before they were born.

  3. jerze2387 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    My daddy always warned me about rusty kuntz

    • chew1985 - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      What about Wes Covington??

  4. asimonetti88 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Didn’t know Rusty Kuntz was the Royals’ first base coach. Glad to see he’s still around. The game can always use some Kuntz.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    That guy must hate homonyms.

    • moogro - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      That would make him a…homonymphobmaniac?

      • jerze2387 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Naw. A homophobe

  6. 13yrsmlbvet - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Ask anyone in baseball and they’ll all agree Rusty is the classiest, most caring, most knowledgeable coach in the game. Loves his players.

  7. badger80 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    And that’s why you always leave a note.

  8. sportsdrenched - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    I wonder is Perez’s trail of carnage is messing with his mind at the plate. He’s on a bit of a skid lately.

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