JALISCO, MEXICO – (Wire Service Report by The Sports Xchange) – Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez sustained an apparent leg injury during a collision at home plate and was carried back to the clubhouse while playing for Team Venezuela in a World Baseball Classic game on Saturday in Jalisco, Mexico.
Perez was injured while colliding with Drew Butera, his teammate on the Royals and his backup at the catcher position in the ninth inning. Butera was attempting to score the game-winning run for Team Italy. Butera was tagged out while sliding into Perez’s left leg.
Venezuela won the game 11-10 in 10 innings.
In March 2012, Perez had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Detroit Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez was also injured during the sequence. He sustained an apparent leg strain while cutting off a throw. Perez, 26, earned his fourth straight All-Star selection last season with the Royals, hitting .247 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs. Rodriguez, 35, posted a 3-4 record with a 3.24 ERA in 61 relief appearances last season with Detroit. The six-time All-Star is entering his 16th major league campaign.