The right-hander hasn’t thrown since May 26 after leaving an outing in Boston with shoulder soreness that led to a trip to the Disabled List the following day. Perez (2-1, 4.32 ERA, 6-for-8 in save opportunities) is eligible for activation June 11, but the Indians are expected to take things slow with the two-time All-Star, who allowed just one earned run over his first 14 appearances of the season before surrendering seven in his last three games.
He is expected to make a minor-league rehab assignment before returning to the bullpen, where right-hander Vinnie Pestano has replaced him in the ninth-inning role.
In other injury news, Francona said right-hander Brett Myers (right elbow tendinitis) also underwent a positive examination. Myers had his minor-league rehab assignment halted after two outings when he experienced pain in the elbow, but Francona said the pitcher would begin throwing in 3-5 days.
Myers made four appearances (three starts) — 0-3, 8.02 ERA — before being placed on the DL on April 20.
The Indians traded two of their first three selections in the upcoming First-Year Player Draft to acquire Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn this offseason. They aren’t lamenting the decision.
“(It is) very worth it right now,” Cleveland’s director of amateur scouting Brad Grant said of the Indians’ forfeiture of the 43rd (to the Yankees for Swisher) and 69th (to the Braves for Bourn) picks. “It’s a lot of fun to watch those two out here and to have the impact that they’ve had on the team already. I think it’s well worth sacrificing those two picks, for sure.”
As it stands, Cleveland’s first pick is the fifth overall in the draft, which runs Thursday to Saturday in Seacaucus, N.J.
The Big G
Jason Giambi (3.63) ranks behind only Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (3.42) in fewest at-bats per RBIs among big league players with at least 65 at-bats.
Giambi, who is batting .203 with five homers and 19 RBIs in 21 games, has homered in each of his last three games.
Right-hander Matt Langwell made his big-league debut, allowing a run on two hits over 1⅔ innings. Langwell surrendered a two-run homer to Evan Longoria on his second pitch of the game.
Langwell — 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 20 games for Triple-A Columbus — took the roster spot of left-hander Scott Barnes, who was optioned back to the Clippers on Saturday.
The Indians hit the road for a three-game series against the Yankees that begins tonight at 7:05.
Justin Masterson (8-3, 3.07 ERA) opens the set, opposing LHP Andy Pettitte (4-3, 3.83), while Scott Kamir (3-2, 5.13) starts for Cleveland on Tuesday (7:05 p.m.) against RHP David Phelps (3-3, 4.65).
Corey Kluber (3-3, 4.36) goes for the Indians in the series finale Wednesday (1:05 p.m.) against LHP CC Sabathia (5-4, 3.71).
Cleveland has not fared well at new Yankee Stadium, where it has lost 11 of 15 games (three straight).
It was a rough night for right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who allowed nine runs on nine hits over just four innings of Columbus’ 10-9 loss to Indianapolis on Saturday.
Carrasco, who drew an eight-game suspension for hitting a batter in his lone start for the Indians this season, is 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) for Columbus.
- Right fielder Drew Stubbs has just five hits in his last 44 at-bats.
- Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Perry pitched for the Indians from 1972-75.