Royals’ Perez hit in head by pitch, leaves game

Salvador Perez lies on the ground after being hit in the head by a pitch Wednesday against the Padres.

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PEORIA, Ariz. — Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals has been hit in the helmet by a pitch and left the game against San Diego.

The Royals say Perez didn’t sustain a concussion Wednesday. Perez relayed through the club that he’s "fine."

Perez was hit by a breaking ball above his left ear. The Royals catcher fell to the ground and was down for a few seconds before walking off, holding the left side of his head.

Perez was hit by reliever Johnny Barbato in the third inning. An inning earlier, Perez had hit a solo home run off San Diego starter Ian Kennedy.

Last week, Perez hit a line drive that struck Cincinnati reliever Aroldis Chapman and caused facial fractures.