Spring Training: Reynolds Sidelined With Back Soreness, Perez Throwing

Earlier today, it was announced that Indians corner infielder/DH Mark Reynolds will miss a few days with back soreness.

Reynolds tried to downplay the issue, saying its customary Spring Training stiffness.

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.

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