Perez exits game with bruised left palm

Perez exits game with bruised left palm

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez left Monday's game against the Mariners after two innings with a bruised left palm, but it is believed to be a minor injury.

Perez's hand was struck just below the glove by a foul ball in the second inning. X-rays were negative, but further tests were planned by head trainer Nick Kenney.

"It was really precautionary," manager Ned Yost said of Perez's removal from the game. "It was just a bit of a bruise, but he's fine. If it was in the season, we wouldn't even think twice about it."

Adam Moore pinch-hit for Perez in the top of the third inning, and he drew a walk and scored in the Royals' five-run inning. He then replaced Perez behind the plate.

"He was fine," pitcher James Shields said of Perez. "I just told him, 'Get out of here; there's no sense going back in the game.' He wanted to come back in, but it's Spring Training, and there's no sense to push anything. He just had a little foul tip, and everything should be fine."

If anything, the bruise might bother Perez when he hits.

"It's down on his bottom hand [on the bat] where you swing and [touch] the knob," Yost said. "But it's just [nothing]."

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.