The Cleveland Indians have announced that closer Chris Perez will be shut down for roughly one week as he attempts to recover from mild tendonitis the rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder.
Perez (2-1, 4.32 ERA, six saves) was pulled in the middle of an at-bat on Sunday afternoon after he was seen grimacing in pain.. The closer subequently took his first loss of the season as he allowed four runs on two hits and three walks and was immediately placed on the disabled list. An MRI would reveal the tendonitis in the same shoulder which caused the two-time All-Star to miss time during Spring Training as well as the World Baseball Classic.
Perez is expected to be reevaluated after the 5-to-7 day period where he will play catch if free of any pain or discomfort; a multi-step throwing program—potentailly including rehabilitation starts at lower levels—would then follow. Right-handed reliever Vinnie Pestano is expected to assume the closer’s role while Perez recovers.