CLEVELAND: Chris Perez won’t be activated for the Indians’ game against the Minnesota Twins on Friday night, after giving up five runs in one inning for the Aeros on Tuesday night.
“I talked to Chris today,” manager Terry Francona said of his closer. “The good news is that he says he feels really good. Mechanically, he was fighting it a little.”
Perez was making the second appearance in his rehab assignment and gave up three home runs plus a double and a single in the second inning of the Trenton Thunder’s 5-1 win in the Double-A Eastern League game.
Two of the homers and a hit batter came in the span of three pitches, but Perez also struck out two.
He told the Beacon Journal after the game, “I didn’t feel any pain, which is the No. 1 goal.”
Perez has been on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder for 3½ weeks. After his first rehab outing at Lake County on Sunday, he asked for a second to work on his command.
“The next step will be for him to go out and play long toss, which is a sign that he feels OK,” Francona said. “On Friday, he’ll throw a bullpen [session] then we’ll see after that. He needs to be in top form when he comes in to save a game in the ninth. We want to make sure he gets there.”
Long toss has been an integral part of Perez’s normal preparation, but Francona said he had gotten away from playing catch from a distance while he rehabbed his shoulder back to health.
Asked if another rehab appearance was in Perez’s future, Francona said: “Probably. But we’ll see how he does in the bullpen session. If he’s lights out, he might not go out again, but he probably needs another outing.”
Perez’s court date (pretrial appearance) in Rocky River has been moved back to July 9. Perez was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He has entered a plea of not guilty.
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