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Salvador Perez injured in home plate collision

It was Drew Butera who collided with him, of all people.

World Baseball Classic - Championship - Puerto Rico v Dominican Republic Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Major League teams have been reluctant to allow their players to participate in the World Baseball Classic and we saw why tonight when Salvador Perez had to exit his game against Italy in the bottom of the ninth after a home plate collision with his teammate on the Royals, Drew Butera.

Perez had homered in the top of the inning to give Venezuela a 10-8 lead over Italy. Salvy has injured his left knee before, tearing his meniscus in 2012, causing him to miss the first half of the season.

No word on the extent of the injury, but Royals fans will be waiting with crossed fingers.

Update: Salvador Perez will get an MRI tomorrow, more will be known then.