The World Baseball Classic is awesome. It brings together some of the best baseball players in the world to compete to see who is the best. Unfortunately, the WBC is held just before the start of the Major League Baseball regular season which means if a player is injured, it could cost the team paying for them.
That’s exactly what happened on Saturday night when Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals and Francisco Rodriguez of the Detroit Tigers were injured on the same play.
Here is the play which saw both players go down with an injury.
— Gaby Fernandez dLara (@gabyfernandezdl) March 12, 2017
From USA Today:
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez was injured by his teammate and backup, Drew Butera, who was attempting to score the game-winning run in a wild affair between the two teams in Jalisco, Mexico. Butera was easily out but, in attempting to slide into or around Perez, instead banged into his left leg, and Perez required assistance leaving the field and reaching the Venezuela clubhouse.
Meanwhile, Detroit Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez also got hurt on the play, as he appeared to strain a leg muscle while serving as a cutoff man on the play.
Tigers and Royals fans are collectively holding their breath, hoping the injuries are not serious.
Per VZ manager Omar Vizquel, Perez getting x-rays on knee. Couldn't put weight on it. K-Rod suffered pulled groin; potentially just a cramp.
— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) March 12, 2017