The Cleveland Indians just announced in a press release that left-handed set up man Rafael Perez has been optioned down to Triple A Columbus. Taking his place on the 25-man roster will be right hander Matt Herges.
The 39-year-old Herges was 1-2 in Columbus with a 5.40 ERA. He pitched 10 innings (11 appearances) striking out seven, walking five; allowing 12 hits and six earned runs. He did have four saves.
Perez, 26, has not lived up to expectations this season as a left-handed set up man. In 10.2 innings, Perez has surrendered 19 hits and 18 earned runs. He has struck out five and walked nine as opponents are hitting .422 against him.
Those numbers are a stark contrast from last year when Perez limited opposing bats to a .234 average in 76.1 innings, striking out 86 and walking 23.
Herges has been a bit nomadic during his 10-year major league career with his best season coming in 2003, a split year with the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants.
Herges finished that season with a combined 2.62 ERA in 79 innings. He had nine holds, three saves and struck out 68; he walked 29.
He signed a minor league contract withthe Indians on January 7, with an invite to Spring training.
In order for the indians to make room for Herges o nthe 40-man roster, right handed reliever Juan Salas was released.
AKRON MAKES A MOVE TOO
The posturing at the Major League level also trickled down to the Akron Aeros Wednesday as starting pitcher Frank Hermann was promoted to Triple A Columbus. It has not been announced who will be replacing him on the Double A Akron roster.
Hermann was 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in five starts this season for the Aeros. This will be the second time Hermann has been prmoted to Triple A. He was 0-2 witha a 1.38 ERA in two starts for Buffalo last season.