Indians’ Chris Perez scratched for undisclosed reasons

Cleveland Indians All-Star closer Chris Perez was scratched from his Friday appearance for undisclosed reasons.

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]

  • Fern


  • ThatAlex

    He’s in trouble isn’t he…

  • Ike


  • Kildawg

    Per Nick Camino (@CaminoTribe) it is a right shoulder strain. Not expected to start season on DL, but maybe enough to keep him from playing in WBC for US.

  • cmm13

    Two scenarios come to mind…

    1. They’ve found a trading partner who currently holds a strong starting rotation picther in the final year of his contract who they know they will not be able to hold onto therefore are open to getting back an all star closer under club control for several years.

    2. He’s hurt