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Salvador Perez to miss four to six weeks with torn MCL

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Royals catcher Salvador Perez slipped while carrying his luggage last night, tearing his MCL. He’s expected to be out for four to six weeks.

That’s obviously a huge loss for the Royals. Perez has emerged as one of the best catchers in the game. Last season, he hit .268/.297/.495 with 27 home runs and 80 RBI while ranking among the better defensive backstops.

Perez was also coming off of a terrific spring. He hit .350 with six homers and 11 RBI in 44 PA. Drew Butera, who was going to be Perez’s backup, will likely step up into a regular starting role.

Puig takes swing at Hundley, both ejected as benches clear

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig took a swing at San Francisco Giants catcher Nick Hundley and both players were ejected during a benches-clearing scrap in the seventh inning Tuesday night.

Puig swatted his bat in frustration after fouling off a pitch from Tony Watson, and Hundley said something to the mercurial slugger while still in his crouch. Puig turned around and walked toward Hundley, the catcher stood up, and they stood face to face and argued for a moment before Puig shoved Hundley twice.

That brought players out of the benches and bullpens. Puig and Hundley were momentarily separated, but Puig ducked around teammates, coaches and manager Dave Roberts before reaching back to hit Hundley. He smacked Hundley with an open hand across the front of his catcher’s mask.

The players were then separated again for good. After discussing with both managers, the umpires ejected both Puig and Hundley.

It was the fourth career ejection for Puig, who had also got into a skirmish with Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in 2014.