Salvador Perez “fine” after beaning

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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.