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Terry Francona has removed Chris Perez from the closer’s role

Sep 27, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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Indians closer Chris Perez has allowed a total of six runs in his last two appearances and has a 7.52 ERA since the start of August. As a result, manager Terry Francona has removed him from the closer’s role, reports WTAM’s Nick Camino.

On the season, Perez has a career-worst 4.33 ERA in 54 innings, converting 25 of 30 save opportunities.

ESPN’s Buster Olney speculates that Joe Smith or Justin Masterson could be used as the team’s closer going forward. Winners of seven in a row and 12 of their last 14, the Indians are clutching onto a one-game lead over the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card with three games remaining. They trail the Rays for the first Wild Card spot by one game.

  1. clownsfan - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Smart move by Tito. I like Masterson in that spot.

    Go Tribe!!

  2. johnnysoda - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Smart man, Terry is.

  3. thomas844 - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Just like Lincecum was huge out of the pen in October for SF last year, Masterson could be huge for Cleveland if they make it in.

  4. earpaniac - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    After hearing this, he most likely will be so upset he’s probably going to have to see if his dog got any “shipments” lately

    • yahmule - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      Brody is a good boy.

  5. xmatt0926x - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    It’s the fans fault. Sons of bitches!!!

  6. djeg07 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    he sux! soon to be traded.. good riddance!
    just have to wonder if masterson isnt using this time as bullpen session to make wild card start!

  7. jrs45 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Sep 27, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT
    Smart move by Tito. I like Masterson in that spot.

    Go Tribe!!

    ?????? Clownsfan? You don’t sound like a Cleveland fan with that name lol.

  8. weaselpuppy - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    dude is an epic petulant whiny ahole loser butthurt baby,

    bad things happen to bad people, schmuck, Go lash out and sell a pound of dope in an undercover sting so you can be stuck in prison for the full Karma treatment

  9. albertmn - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    The Cardinals look even smarter now for having traded Perez away when they did.

    • hbdbrowns33 - Sep 28, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      Not really, he was an all star before this season and was one of the best closers the last two years. This year he went wayyyyyyy down hill.

  10. babybull12 - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    what took so long. should have traded him during last off season when we could have gotten something for him.he was blowing saves last year and still got praised for some reason. it was nice to watch masterson and albers show gas can perez how to handle closing out a game last night. we would have complete control of wildcard or even al central crown without perez giving up whip lash shots on a daily basis

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