July 31, 2014

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Tribe notes: Closer Chris Perez could be back in action as early as next week

CLEVELAND — The Indians received several doses of good medicine Friday, as their injured players continue their rehab process.

Closer Chris Perez (right shoulder soreness) and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (right quadriceps strain) — both
All-Stars in 2011 and 2012 — received the most optimistic reports from the medical staff, according to Tribe manager Terry Francona.

Perez will make a rehab appearance for one of Cleveland’s minor league affiliates Sunday, likely Single-A Lake County, and could rejoin the active roster the next day. He last pitched on May 26 at Boston and has a 2-1 record with six saves.

“I don’t think it’s going to take long for Chris to come back, maybe only one outing,” Francona said prior to Friday’s game against Washington. “He threw well today off the mound, but his command wasn’t great, which you kind of expect. He’s doing very well, though.”

Cabrera, who was injured June 3 in New York, remains on track to return by the end of the month. He continues to keep his reflexes sharp, playing catch while sitting in a chair, as he receives treatment on his injured quad.

“I can’t put a date on when he’ll be ready, but Asdrubal has been doing everything in his power to come back,” Francona said. “I guarantee that he’ll return as quick as humanly possible.”

Catcher Lou Marson (right shoulder strain), and starting pitchers Zach McAllister (right middle finger sprain) and Brett Myers (right elbow inflammation) also are moving in the right direction, but remain a ways away from returning.

Renowned sports surgeon James Andrews did not find any structural damage in Marson’s shoulder, which was somewhat surprising, considering he has been sidelined since April 25 and had his first rehab assignment suspended.

“Lou came back with fairly good news from Dr. Andrews, but he’s going to stay shut down for a little while longer,” Francona said. “Then, hopefully, we’ll start all over again and go through the rehab process with better results.”

McAllister is slated to play catch Monday, but Francona stressed that the Indians are “going to continue to be cautious.” The right-hander was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career on June 8 after experiencing pain in his middle finger.

“Zach is already making progress and had a good medical exam,” Francona said. “He’s not going to have to change his grip or delivery, but we need to be careful and get (the soreness) out of there before we start anything major.”

Myers will throw off the mound during this nine-game homestand. He was shifted from the 15-day to the 60-day DL Monday in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for utility infielder John McDonald.

Tribe time

Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, who was demoted by the Indians on May 13, is batting a team-high .402 with six home runs and 24 RBIs in 23 games for Triple-A Columbus. His slugging percentage of .707 also tops the Clippers.

* The Tribe has signed nine of its 40 selections from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Pitchers Casey Shane (sixth round), Matthew Whitehouse (19th round), and J.D. Doane (24th round) are the latest to ink their first professional contracts.

* Cleveland has gone 19 straight games without a save, its longest streak since a 22-game run from May 29-June 21, 2009.

* Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi has 435 career homers, putting him four shy of tying Andre Dawson for 39th on the all-time list.

* The Tribe is 16-28 against the American League East and Central, but 16-5 against the rest of baseball.

Looking ahead

The first 10,000 fans today will receive a Jason Kipnis replica home jersey. The postgame fireworks show will feature the music of AC/DC.

Sunday at 1:05 p.m., Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber (4-4, 4.08) will face righty Stephen Strasburg (3-5, 2.54 ERA). Strasburg has been on the disabled list since May 31 with a strained lower back, but is expected to be activated to make the start.

Contact Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com.