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Salvador Perez injured by Royals teammate Drew Butera on collision

Salvador Perez injury

Salvador Perez was injured in a collision at home plate by his Kansas City Royals teammate Drew Butera during a WBC game in Mexico on Saturday.

Perez, playing for Venezuela, was hurt when Butera tried to score from first on a two-out hit from Gavin Cecchini in the bottom of the 9th that tied the game at 10.

Here’s a look at the play:

Perez did not look prepared to block the plate, which makes sense because Butera was being held up at third by his coach but ran through the sign. Perez couldn’t put any weight on his leg afterwards.

In addition to Perez, Venezuelan reliever Francisco Rodriguez was also hurt on the play. He was down and needed to be treated after hurting his leg while serving as a cutoff man.

Perez, 26, is one of the best catchers in baseball. He slugged 21 home runs in 2015 and 22 in 2016. Kansas City has to be concerned about his status following the collision.

Dodgers catcher Drew Butera strikes out Marcell Ozuna with 94 mph fastball (GIF)

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The Miami Marlins dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, comfortably cruising to a 13-3 victory.

Obviously, there weren’t many highlights for the Dodgers. However, one came in the top of the ninth inning, when catcher Drew Butera made a relief pitching appearance.

Butera got Christian Yelich to line out and induced a ground out by Ed Lucas. Then, Butera struck out Marcell Ozuna on three pitches. The third was the above pictured 94 mph fastball.

Here’s the pitch that preceded it.

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Definitely not one of Ozuna’s finer at-bats.

Butera isn’t a complete stranger to the pitcher’s mound, and it showed. He recorded a scoreless inning for the Minnesota Twins on May 20, 2012.

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