Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 3/10/13
Earlier today, it was announced that Indians corner infielder/DH Mark Reynolds will miss a few days with back soreness. Mark Reynolds sidelined with sore back. Probably won’t play until later this week. He last played March 6. #Indians. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) March 10, 2013 Reynolds tried to downplay the issue, saying its customary Spring Training stiffness. Reynolds said his back issue was “standard spring training soreness.” Doesn’t expect to be sidelined too long. — Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 10, 2013 Reynolds was signed to 1-year, $6 million deal in the offseason by the Tribe which came as the first in a flurry of offseason signings. Last year with Baltimore, he hit .221/.335/.429 with 23 homers and 69 RBI in 135 games. Today was also the first day that Indians closer Chris Perez resumed throwing (from 60 feet). Tribe trainer Lonnie Soloff reportedly called it a “good first day”. It is yet unknown if Perez will be on the team’s Opening Day roster, as he is in a similar time crunch to last season, where he did make the roster but struggled early. Lonnie Soloff, Indians head athletic trainer, on Chris Perez’s 1st day of long toss. “It was a good first day.” Perez. #Indians. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) March 10, 2013 If Perez cannot answer the bell for Opening Day, the team would likely look to setup man Vinnie Pestano to hold down the closer spot for a short period of time. Related: The 2013 Tribe and jWAR
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