Rafael Perez last pitched in a Major League game on April 25th of this year. His velocity that night topped out in the low 80s. The Indians put him on the disabled list that evening with what they referred to as a “strained lat muscle”.
Perez is arbitration eligible for the fourth time this off-season, and made $2 million in 2012 for 7.2 innings pitched. While the Indians’ training staff believes Perez will need two months of rehab and should be ready for Spring Training, they also believed that he had a lat strain and not a shoulder injury.