Cleveland Indians All-Star closer Chris Perez was scratched from his Friday appearance for undisclosed reasons.
Closer Chris Perez scratched from scheduled outing today, but manager Terry Francona declined details. Said more info available Saturday.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 1, 2013
Indians manager Terry Francona would only say that he will have more information about Perez this Saturday. Perez is currently slated to pitch for Team USA (along with fellow bullpen stud Vinnie Pestano) in the World Baseball Classic, but this would obviously be questionable if an injury was sustained.
In a rather ominous fashion, the Indians — per The Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes — stated that they are “working through some things with [Perez].” Hoynes added that it does not sound like a trade is brewing.
The 27-year old has notched 75 saves over the course of the last two seasons, and is coming off of a 2012 season that married off-field controversy with high on-field production, striking out 59 and walking just 16 in 57.2 innings pitched.
[Related: Pestano and Perez to the WBC gives others their shot]