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Indians transfer reliever Rafael Perez to 60-day disabled list

May 29, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Showing decreased velocity led to Rafael Perez being placed on the disabled list with a strained shoulder muscle in late April and yesterday the Indians transferred the left-hander to the 60-day DL, which means he’s not eligible to return until the end of June.

Perez was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks, but now he’ll miss at least eight weeks and general manager Chris Antonetti danced around whether the reliever has experienced a setback in his recovery when asked by Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Perez has quietly been one of the top left-handed relievers in the league since debuting in 2006, throwing 329 innings with a 3.64 ERA and 268/117 K/BB ratio, but he’s steadily lost velocity on his fastball and was working in the mid-80s before being shut down.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Sorry to read of this development. He is a good pitcher.

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