CLEVELAND: Rafael Perez has been shut down for the season, not that there were indications he was returning to the bullpen any time soon.
Perez has been on the disabled list since April 26, with what was described initially as a strained left lat. About two weeks ago, the Tribe announced that he had sprained his ankle and Tuesday, the team made it official: Perez will not pitch this season because of a recurrence of the inflammation and soreness in his shoulder, which is an apparent reference to the lat muscle.
There are no plans for a second opinion and surgery is not being considered at this time.
“Rafael had a little bit of a setback,” manager Manny Acta said Tuesday. “Not having him hurt us. He was a very reliable guy out of the bullpen for three years who could get left-handers and right-handers out.
“And with Tony Sipp scuffling off and on and the kids we used being up and down, we could have used Raffy.”
Perez pitched in only eight games, giving up three runs in 7⅔ innings.
HAGADONE ON THE MEND — Acta said that lefty reliever Nick Hagadone has begun a throwing program.
“I believe he will pitch winter ball and then come to spring training,” Acta said.
Hagadone broke his left hand in a fit of anger after a bad outing on July 6. The club placed him on the disqualified list, which meant he would not receive his salary or service time while his hand was mending.
Tribe officials have never announced that Hagadone has been removed from the disqualified list.
NOMINATED — Jason Kipnis has been chosen as the Indians’ representative for the Roberto Clemente Award.
Each major league team nominates a player for the award, given for positive contributions to the game on and off the field.
— Sheldon Ocker