Chris Perez injury: Indians closer ready for Opening Day?

Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE

Chris Perez said his shoulder is 100 percent, and he expects to be ready for Opening Day.

Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez told reporters, including Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer, that his shoulder is 100 percent, and he expects to be ready for Opening Day.

Perez said he expects to begin the season as the Indians' closer barring any unforeseen setback. He's recovering from a strained throwing shoulder that initially appeared to put his status for the start of the 2013 campaign in question.

However, Perez's recovery has gone well, as he threw his first full bullpen session yesterday, after logging a lesser initial session on Saturday. The right-hander threw all of his stuff and logged a total of 35 pitches. Following the session he feels he should be on Cleveland's active roster when they face the Toronto Blue Jays April 2.

Perez doesn't believe it's "even a question" that he'll be available Opening Day. He said there is no pain at this point, but he acknowledged that "stuff can happen" between now and the start of the season. However, he told reporters that the initial shoulder strain is gone.

Perez has been the Indians' regular closer since 2010 after being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in the summer of 2009. Last season the 27-year-old maintained an ERA of 3.59 while compiling 39 saves. He owns a career ERA of 3.23 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.26 over five seasons in the majors.

Mlbdd-news-insert_medium

More from MLBDD:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker