MLB News: Indians’ Chris Perez decided to not pitch in WBC

While the Cleveland Indians started a rumor and conspiracy firestorm on Friday with their handling of All-Star closer Chris Perez’ injury, it turns out that the pitcher was the one who decided on skipping the impending World Baseball Classic — it was not a team-directed mandate.

Per The Plain Dealer’s Bud Shaw, Perez, suffering from pain in his throwing shoulder, told manager Terry Francona that he should not go forward with pitching in the global display.

“I said, ‘What do you want to do?'” Francona state. “He said, ‘I don’t think I should pitch in the World Baseball Classic.’ I said, ‘OK, that sounds fair enough.’ I was ready for him to say, ‘Hey let’s give it a couple days.’ But he said, ‘I probably shouldn’t do that. I like what we’re doing here. I want to be a part of this.’ I was happy to hear that.”

When leaving the facility on Friday, Perez seemed visibly upset, but this appears to be out of frustration rather than petulance. Perez, in turn, will be shut down for at least the next week, and could miss up to a month of action. While a different injury, this is similar to the injury sustained by Perez last spring which kept him out until the final days of March. Perez made three spring training appearances, blew a save on Opening Day, then went on to convert 24 consecutive save opportunities.

“It’s gotten better every day I’ve come in, so that’s a good sign,” Perez said this weekend. “Noticeably better, too. I was more concerned last year with my oblique strain. If this were the regular season I’d manage it myself and keep playing. But there’s no reason to rush it.”

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  • MrCleaveland

    National Grammar Day critique:

    Not bad, Scott. This was a tricky article to write, with all the quotes insides of quotes. And I like the use of Perez’ rather than Perez’s. Shows good upbringing.

    There are a few minor problems in the fourth paragraph, but overall this gets an A. Well done.

  • Garry_Owen

    I’ll fight you on the use of Perez’. Dropping the “apostrophe s” on words – particularly proper nouns – ending with “s” and “z” is just another road marker on the highway of decline and laziness that our noble written language has had to endure.

    Now mind you, I just mean a nerd fight, and not one of those real fights with the fists and the feet and knives and the guns and the blood and the screaming and the flayven, mm-hai.

  • MrCleaveland

    What??? You would hang that useless appendage on a word like a no-pest strip on a Christmas tree? Like a snot bubble on the Queen’s royal proboscis? Like a bumper sticker on a Corvette?

    I despair.

  • Garry_Owen

    Well, let’s just drop capitalization. that’s not necessary. and the use of contractions. lets just get rid of things that we randomly deem to be useless. like punctuation who needs it after all you understand what im saying

    Some things are right, Mr. C, just because they’re right!

    (If the bumper sticker said “Perez’s Corvette,” I’d have no problem with it at all. And that snot bubble is the thing that sent the Queen to the hospital. It was absolutely useful! I mean, do any of us really want Charles to be the King? No sir. We do not. Indeed, I’m not even sure about that William character. Now, Harry? You bet. I’d like to see that.)

  • Jay

    Any chance he ripped Tribe fans for not selling out spring training games?

  • Natedawg86

    wat ahout spelfng? Ygu cin stoll reod thus rite?

  • MrCleaveland

    Aocdcrnig to rseecrah at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mttaer in waht oderr the lterets in a wrod are, the olny irpoamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rhgit pclae. The rset can be a taotl
    mses and you can sitll raed it whoutit a pboerlm. Tihs is bucseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey ltteer by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

  • Steve

    At least you admit its only a grudge, and you’re the one who can’t get over it.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Steve Dolan Perez strikes again!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Stop the isnnatiy!