Perez passes concussion tests after taking ball to side of face

The Royals elected to leave catcher Salvador Perez -- who took a foul tip to the side of the face -- in to finish the eighth inning. Perez passed concussion tests after Tuesday's game.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Catcher Salvador Perez left Kansas City’s 2-1 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday due to precautionary reasons after absorbing a foul tip off Yan Gomes’ bat. Gomes’ foul went off the left side of Perez’s face.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Perez had a headache and was "a little dizzy" during the game. After the game, Perez reported that he passed concussion tests and that he should be good to go Wednesday.

Trainer Nick Kenney and Yost visited Perez on the mound with one out in the eighth inning, but opted to keep him in the game. He finished the inning, but backup Drew Butera replaced Perez in the top of the ninth.

Perez has played in 47 of Kansas City’s 49 games this season, including 44 starts at catcher.

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