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Chris Perez Injury: Updates on Indians Closer's Shoulder

BOSTON, MA - MAY 26: Chris Perez #54 of the Cleveland Indians reacts with the bases loaded in the 9th inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on May 26, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.   (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2013

The Cleveland Indians are set to get closer Chris Perez back from the disabled list this week.

UPDATE: Thursday, June 27, at 3:15 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

MLB Roster Moves gives us another update on Perez's status. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 26, at 5:18 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Terry Francona updated the media on Chris Perez's status, via Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

 

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UPDATE: Monday, June 17, at 4:10 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Chris Perez told reporters he plans to make one more rehab appearance, at the Cleveland Indians Double-A affiliate, and expects to return to the team on Friday, according to WTAM's Nick Camino. 

 

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 16, at 2:05 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Perez threw a scoreless inning in his rehab appearance with the Cleveland Indians' Single-A affiliate, according to ESPN's Jared Sandler. 

 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, May 28, at 12:02 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, Perez will be shut down for 5-7 days with tendonitis in his rotator cuff:

 

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UPDATE: Monday, May 27, at 11:50 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

According to Chris Assenheimer of the Chronicle-Telegram, Vinnie Pestano will fill the closer's role while Perez is injured:

 

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Perez left Sunday's game after giving up two runs in the bottom of the ninth and loading the bases with Jacoby Ellsbury coming to the plate. But he doubled over in pain during Ellsbury's at-bat and was taken out of the game. 

Ellsbury promptly doubled on the first pitch he saw from Joe Smith, driving in two runs and giving the Boston Red Sox a 6-5 win after trailing 5-2 to start the inning. 

 

Perez has been plagued by inconsistency in 2013. While he's earned two wins and six saves on the year, he's also blown two saves, and his ERA (4.32) and WHIP (1.50) leave a lot to be desired. 

He has now given up seven runs in his last three outings.

He reached the All-Star Game the past two seasons, accumulating 75 saves for the Indians. Still, his 3.45 ERA during those campaigns and eight total blown saves haven't exactly made him the safest ninth-inning option in baseball. 

A Perez save opportunity is usually a wild ride, even if he normally does his job in the end.

 

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