KANSAS CITY -- Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson blasted into the center-field wall at warp speed in the second inning of Thursday's 6-1 loss and fell to the ground but escaped injury.
"I didn't think we had a center-field wall," Dyson said. "Naw, I was tracking the ball down, so at the time I had in my mind, it was either catch it and hit the wall or hit the wall and don't catch it at all."
Dyson was tracking a home run drive by the Mariners' Jesus Montero.
"I told him he forgot the wall was there," manager Ned Yost said. "But he's that type of player. He was trying to get back and get into position to rob it and he might have been. He was one step late, but he hit it full speed."
The ball cleared the wall as Dyson slammed into it. As he got up, he moved his head from side to side, perhaps making sure it was still there, but was OK.
"It's all right, I'm tough," he said.