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Chris Perez out 4-6 weeks with oblique strain

Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:28 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 12:59 pm
By Matt Snyder

Just a few days after we learned the Indians have lost Grady Sizemore for a few weeks due to injury, the Tribe has been dealt another blow. All-Star closer Chris Perez will miss four to six weeks of action with a left internal oblique strain, according to the club's official Twitter account.

Head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said Perez's body "wasn't ready for the intensity of the bullpen session." (Per Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

Six weeks from today is April 7, otherwise known as the first weekend of the regular season. Even if Perez can come back in a month, he'll need to work himself into game shape, so there's a decent chance he'll be unable to open the season with the Indians. Perez told Jordan Bastian of that the goal is to be back March 15 and that he is "confident" he'll be ready for opening day. The Indians haven't ruled him out for opening day and said he "should" appear in games "toward the end of spring."

Perez, 26, had 36 saves with a 3.32 ERA and 1.21 WHIP last season for the Indians. If he's out for any period of time, the likely fill-in candidate for save chances is Vinnie Pestano.

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Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:58 pm

Chris Perez out 4-6 weeks with oblique strain

Gives Pestano a chance here. I think he's a better closer anyway, especially since he now has more experience under his belt.  C. Perez kind of closed a game with tension and left  the fans in " white knuckle " mode most of the time until the last fly to deep right was snagged. Why is it so hard for the Tribe to find a " lights out " closer?

Since: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:36 pm

Chris Perez out 4-6 weeks with oblique strain

Still snow on the ground and it's already starting.  Funny how all the buzz was "if we can just stay healthy we might..."  Oh well, here comes another 162 games of what if...

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:22 pm

Chris Perez out 4-6 weeks with oblique strain

Typical Indians, down the rabbit hole we go

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