GOODYEAR, Arizona — Indians closer Chris Perez has been shut down after suffering a right shoulder strain in spring training.
The team says Perez suffered what’s called a subscapularis strain in his pitching shoulder during his last outing on Feb. 26.
Perez will not throw for the next 7-10 days and is expected to resume pitching in 3-4 weeks.
“It’s really difficult to replace a closer like Chris,” Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. “He means a lot to the team, and I’m hopeful we won’t need to. I’m hopeful he’ll be ready to start the season.”
Because of the injury, Perez will not participate in the World Baseball Classic.
Last year, Perez saved 39 games in 43 chances, and was named to his second straight All-Star team.
“The shorter he’s down,” Antonetti said, “the shorter the timeframe to get him back to game activity. If his symptoms linger for a longer period of time, that means it’s likely going to take longer on the other end.”
Perez faced a similar scenario in 2012 as an oblique muscle sidelined him in camp, but he was able to get healthy in enough time to start the season with the team.
On Twitter Friday, Perez tweeted, “‘This to shall pass’.. Small hurdle at an inopportune time. I feel better now than I did last year with the oblique. still plenty of time.”