The plan was for Chris Perez to come off the disabled list Friday. However, the Cleveland Indians closer got rocked in his last rehab appearance at Double-A Akron. So the Indians are backing off that initial plan to make sure all is alright with Perez. If it was as simple as a bad outing, the Indians would likely be activating Perez, so there may be some concern about whether he is 100 percent or not.
#Indians closer Chris Perez will not be activated off the DL on Friday. That was the original plan.
— Nick Camino (@CaminoTribe) June 19, 2013
Perez was placed on the DL back on May 27th. Perez had been dealing with shoulder stiffness for at least a couple weeks leading up to the stint on the DL. He was eventually diagnosed with shoulder tendinitis. The Indians will monitor his shoulder and his progress as they allow him to make at least one more rehab appearance than originally planned.
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Perez has also found himself in legal trouble. He and his wife were arrested for having marijuana shipped to their home after an online order. The legal troubles do not appear to have anything to do with the Indians decision to hold Perez on the DL.
Cleveland is one game over .500 and chasing the Detroit Tigers. Shoulder Perez come back healthy, the Indians will have one thing the Tigers don't; a closer. Perez struggled thanks to the shoulder injury, but he has a proven track record as a closer. He has a career 3.29 ERA and 113 saves under his belt.
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