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Indians Designate Reliever Rafael Perez for Assignment


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The Indians have designated veteran reliever Rafael Perez for assignment on Wednesday, ending his nine-year stint with the organization. Perez, who was signed as an amateur free-agent in 2002, appeared in just eight games for the Indians last season due to a strained left lat muscle that was diagnosed in late-April. The injury shut the left-hander down until August but his recovery was set-back when he suffered a right-ankle sprain that did not heal in time for him to pitch again during the 2012 season. Perez’s best season for the Tribe was in 2007 when he posted a 1.78 ERA in 60 2/3 innings of relief, often paired with right-hander Rafael Betancourt in the seventh and eighth innings to set the table for closer Joe Borowski. During his six big-league seasons with the Indians, Perez went a combined 21-12 with a 3.64 ERA in 338 appearances.

Perez will now be eligible for free-agency this offseason and is likely to land a job given his previous success out of the bullpen. The move cleared room for the Indians to reinstate left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone and add him to their 40-man roster. Hagadone also missed the majority of the 2012 campaign following a self-inflicted injury to his left hand following a shaky outing on July 6 th. The youngster apparently broke his left wrist after being pulled from the ball game and was sent to the minors immediately afterwards. The Indians also placed Hagadone on the Minor League disqualified list which kept the lefty from earning his paycheck and racking up any service time during the duration of his recovery. Hagadone started the 2012 campaign strong posting a 2.04 ERA over his first 17 appearances, however in the 10 appearances prior to his injury, Hagadone surrendered 14 runs on 17 hits in just 7 2/3 innings, good enough for a 16.43 ERA. The Indians will take a long look at Hagadone as he pitches in Winter Ball this offseason to ensure that he has fully-recovered both physically and mentally, but he is certainly expected to be a factor out of the bullpen for the club in 2013.


By Robert Gonzalez
Cleveland Indians Correspondent

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