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Salvador Perez leaves game after taking foul ball off mask

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Could backstop Salvador Perez have another head injury?
Could backstop Salvador Perez have another head injury? (USATSI)

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Royals catcher Salvador Perez took a hard foul ball to the mask Thursday afternoon in a game against thte Mariners. Later in the game -- after collecting an RBI single, actually -- he was removed from the game.

The Mariners told reporters at the game (Bob Dutton) that Perez was removed from the game for precautionary reasons due to "mild dizziness."

The obvious concern here is another concussion. Perez was on the 7-day concussion DL less than a month ago. We know that foul balls to the mask can cause concussion-like symptoms, as several other catchers -- such as Alex Avila of the Tigers -- have had the same issue.

If Perez is lost for any time, it would be a bad blow for the Royals. The All-Star is hitting .286/.320/.419 with 22 doubles, 10 homers and 64 RBI this year. More importantly, though, he's a very solid defensive catcher who works well with the pitching staff leading the AL in team ERA.

The Royals are within striking distance of their first playoff berth since 1985 (they entered Thursday 5.5 games out of the second wild card).

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