Chris Perez’s comments Tuesday focusing on his health and closing now seem more meaningful and telling.
Before the Cleveland Indians defeated their single-A affiliate Carolina Mudcats 13-0 Tuesday, Perez stopped to talk to a few other reporters and after signing fans’ memorabilia as batting-practice finished. He sounded confident he could close Thursday, against the Blue Jays.
“My body has responded,” Perez said. “It might be a battle, but I feel good.”
In spring training, he suffered a left-oblique injury early and only recently saw game action. Perez, pitched one inning each on March 29 and 31, and April 2 and never in the game’s final inning. He mentioned feeling good Tuesday after a recent bullpen session, but one wonders now if he was prepared.
By Mike Brandyberry
September 29 began a positional, end of season grade and breakdown. Certainly after the wild ride the 2011 Cleveland Indians took fans on, grades, projections and areas of improvement are all sought for 2012, with the goal being a playoff team next season. Today, concludes our breakdown by examining Manny Acta and Chris Antonetti. Be sure to check out our previous features.
By Matt Van Wormer
On Monday, the Chicago White Sox relieved manager Ozzie Guillen of his duties of leading the south side team. This came after the loud-mouthed Guillen demanded a contract extension. A couple things that are important to this story; First, Guillen still had a year on his current contract that would have taken him through next season. Second, there is still one game left in the 2011 season. Third, Guillen’s team is going to finish under .500. Fourth, this will be the third season in a row that the White Sox are going to miss the playoffs. Does this sound like a man that should be demanding a contract extension?