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Rafael Perez goes on DL; Hagadone recalled

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 27, 2012
   CLEVELAND: Nick Hagadone spent only four days in Columbus before he was summoned back to the Indians today.
   The reason: Rafael Perez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained latissimus, and there's no telling when he'll be back. 
   ""From one day to six weeks,'' joked manager Manny Acta. 
   Perez's velocity has been down since spring training, with his fastball registering from 82-85 on the radar gun. 
   Finally, after throwing a scoreless inning against the Royals on Wednesday, Perez complained about pain in his back below his shoulder. 
   Acta and the coaching staff had noticed Perez's drop in velocity, but he continually told them he was fine.
    Hagadone will receive a longer trial than when he was summoned from Columbus April 17 and stayed until Monday.
   “”They told me yesterday afternoon, so I had time to pack and actually get some sleep,’’ Hagadone said. “”I just want to come up now and do the best job I can.’’
   In his previous call-up, Hagadone pitched three times on the road, giving up one run and two hits in 31/3 innings, striking out four. Opposing hitters batted only .154 against him. For the Clippers, he threw 71/3 scoreless innings
   Acta said he is not afraid to use Hagadone the same way he uses Perez, in the seventh inning.
   “”I don’t see why not,’’ the manager said. He’s here. I trust him to do those kinds of things. It looks like he’s going to be here awhile, so we’ll be able to test him out.’’

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