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Tribe Shuts Down Closer Chris Perez with Shoulder Discomfort – Will Miss WBC

Perez upset but not concerned with injury, expects to pitch on Opening Day

 

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The Cleveland Indians have shut down closer Chris Perez after he experienced discomfort in his right shoulder following his appearance against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. The discomfort worsened by Thursday and Perez was diagnosed on Friday with a strained muscle in his shoulder, an injury that will shut him down for three to four weeks. This will mark the second spring that the right hander has been sidelined due to injury as he missed nearly the entire Cactus League season with a strained muscle in his left side last year. Perez returned in time to make the Indians’ home opener, but he allowed three runs in the ninth inning, allowing the Blue Jays to tie the game and send it into extra innings. The Blue Jays defeated the Tribe in 16 innings.

This time though, both the Indians and Perez seem less concerned about his injury or his return, and both sides expect him to be in an Indians uniform when the Tribe opens their season in Toronto April 2nd. For Perez, the true disappointment was with him having to pull out of the World Baseball Classic, where he was to pitch for Team USA; Perez has remarked several time in the press that he considered pitching for the United States as the biggest honor of his career.

 

 

By Robert Gonzalez
Cleveland Indians Correspondent

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