MLB News: Chris Perez’s return from DL delayed

Potentially unsurprising after being blown up in Double-A last night, Indians closer Chris Perez will not return to the team’s active roster on Friday as originally scheduled.

In his second rehab outing, his first with Akron, Perez allowed five runs on three home runs in just one inning on Tuesday night. He struck out two batters, including the first hitter on just three pitchers. He also allowed a double and a single in the inning. Trenton’s Francisco Arcia’s homer occurred in his first-ever Double-A plate appearance.

Matt Loede of 92.3 The Fan was the first to share the news on Twitter this afternoon that Perez would not return on Friday. In his tweet, Loede shared that Perez will throw a long toss on Wednesday, have Thursday off and then will throw a bullpen session on Friday. He will be re-evaluated after these next two steps.

Later, several other Indians beat writers added more context to the news via manager Terry Francona. Tom Withers of the Associated Press shared first that Perez was dealing with “mechanical” issues in his rehab on Tuesday. Yet, Francona emphasized that there were no physical problems.

Perez, 27, was initially placed on the disabled list on May 27 with shoulder soreness. He had allowed seven runs in just 2.2 IP over his final three appearances before heading to the DL, walking five batters against three strikeouts with a familiar three home runs. This is the closer’s first trip to the injury list in his career.

There are currently seven relievers in the Cleveland bullpen: Vinnie Pestano, Joe Smith, Cody Allen, Nick Hagadone, Rich Hill, Bryan Shaw and Matt Albers. There are no indications yet on whether the team would re-expand to eight relievers on Perez’s return, or perhaps otherwise shift the pitching composition.

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  • Mr0verk1ll

    Oh, no. I’m sure we’re all very sad about this.

  • mgbode

    actually, yeah. it’s pretty hard to trade an injured player(I think he’ll be too expensive for 2014). also, our bullpen hasn’t exactly been doing great lately, so we need all the healthy arms there we can get.

  • Mr0verk1ll

    I don’t know. He seems to give me a heart attack every time I watch him play. On the other hand Pestano has been just as bad. Regarding the weakness of the bullpen lately, I agree with you that we need help. If we are only up by a run at the end of the 8th, I have been turning off the TV and just assuming that we are going to lose for the past few weeks.

  • Jason Hurley

    No problem – we don’t need another problem arm in the bullpen. Give him a little time to straighten out his mechanics over a couple of appearances.

  • CB Everett

    Yep hold him back until the All Star Break as far as I’m concerned. He really needs to work on his delivery. And no that is not code for trying to order some more weed.

  • JacobWFNY

    Surprise du jour: Indians actually have the 6th-best bullpen ERA in June at 2.78. Didn’t see that one coming.

  • DJM

    Bullpen ERA is a meanless stat

  • Mr0verk1ll

    Really? It just doesn’t *feel* like it, does it?

  • JacobWFNY

    Interesting point: Despite 6th-best ERA, the Indians bullpen actually has the 17th-best OPS allowed in June at .726.

  • JacobWFNY

    The Indians bullpen had MLB’s worst ERA in May at 5.75. So perhaps our feelings have been destroyed by that? Still shell-shocked?