Rafael Perez has not pitched since April. He's been on the disabled list with a shoulder injury that has limited him to just eight appearances this season. Yesterday, he underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery on his left shoulder, but the Cleveland Indians expect him to ready for next season.
Nick Camino fo News Radio in Cleveland reports that Perez is expected to be ready for spring training next year. The lefty will need a couple months to recover before he can start a throwing program.
#Indians LHP Raffy Perez underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery on left shoulder today, he is expected to be ready for spring training.
— Nick Camino (@CaminoTribe) September 26, 2012
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Perez developed a sore shoulder late in spring training this year, but he pitched through it. He was originally diagnosed with a strained lat muscle, but it wasn't revealed that Perez had a shoulder problem until earlier this month when the Indians decided to shut him down for the year.
Perez was signed as an amateur free agent by the Indians in 2002 and made his Major League debut in 2006. He has been exclusively a relief pitcher for the Tribe, appearing in 338 games over seven seasons. Perez has a career 3.64 ERA. The 30-year older pitcher is arbitration-eligible next season and can become a free agent for the first time after next year.
The Indians have had a forgettable year this season. They are 65-91 this season, tied with the Minnesota Twins for last place in the American League Central. They were competitive for much of last season but took a step back this year. They have struggled to score runs, ranking 22nd in baseball in runs-scored, and have had a terrible season pitching. They rank 28th in ERA with a team ERA of 4.79. The Indians hope that Perez and others can return healthy next season and help them turn things around.