Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez was removed from Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Twins after suffering a wrist injury on a hit-by-pitch.

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Perez Suffers Contusion on Wrist

Tuesday, Sept. 6

An Ervin Santana hit-by-pitch knocked Perez out of his team’s game, according to Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press.

Joel Goldberg of FSKC reported the injury was revealed to be a wrist contusion.

The 26-year-old catcher is hitting .254 on the season after going 0-for-2 Tuesday, although his 20 home runs are one shy of his career high. He was also named to his fourth straight All-Star Game this season.

Perez has a knack for getting hit during games, as Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com joked:

However, this hasn’t kept the talented player off the field, as he remains one of the most used catchers in baseball. He led the majors with 142 games played at catcher in 2015 after playing 150 the year before.

The catcher is once again near the top of the list in 2016 with 122 games played, which would have been more if not for six games missed earlier in the year with a quad contusion. This was the only time he didn’t play consecutive games all season.

If the Royals are going to make a late-season run toward one of the American League wild-card spots, they will need all of their players healthy, especially Perez. His bat provides a major force in the lineup, and the three-time Gold Glove winner is also valuable in the field.

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