The Indians could soon have their closer back on the active roster. The Plain Dealer’s Jodie Valade was there as Tribe manager Terry Francona ran down the reports of currently injured players.
“He did real well,” Francona said. “He didn’t command great, which I don’t think is a surprise because he hadn’t thrown off the mound much.” He added that Perez likely will go on a rehab assignment Sunday and is hopeful that one appearance will be enough for Perez to ready to return to Cleveland.
“There’s not a lot of (minor-league) teams that are at home, so we’ll sit with him and determine what’s in his best interest and where,” Francona said. “Because he wasn’t down that long, I don’t think getting back is going to take a real long time.”
Lake County is the only Ohio team in the Indians’ minor league system in town this weekend, so it is likely that Perez would pitch for the Captains on Sunday. Perez went on the disabled list on May 27th after a Sunday afternoon blown save in Cincinnati where he encountered shoulder pain. This season, he is 2-1 with 6 saves and a 4.32 ERA in 16 2/3 innings pitched.