Injury will force All-Star closer to miss 3-4 weeks of games
(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) – For the second-straight spring Indians closer Chris Perez suffered an injury that will sideline him from action for 3-4 weeks and could even make him questionable for the start of the 2013 season.
On Friday the Indians announced that Perez suffered a right shoulder strain that will prevent him from throwing over the next 7-10 days. The two-time All-Star will not see game action for an additional 3-4 weeks.
Perez was not immediately available for comment and declined an interview while walking to his car at the team’s player development complex in Goodyear.
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti confirmed that the injury occurred during Perez’s last Cactus League exhibition outing, but also said he feels the closer will be ready for the start of the 2013 season April 2 in Toronto.
Perez will not pitch for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Last season Perez suffered an injury to his oblique muscle following his first bullpen session of the 2012 spring camp.
Antonetti declined to name a tentative closer, citing a few weeks before they need to make that type of decision. Set-up man Vinnie Pestano will still pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic despite the recent injury to Perez.
The Indians also announced that RHP Frank Herrmann is dealing with a right elbow strain, an injury that occurred in his last outing. Antonetti declined to say whether Herrmann will need Tommy John surgery. There is no timetable for the right-hander’s return.
- Nick Camino