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Chris Perez declares himself 100 percent, eyes opening day

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Chris Perez
Perez said he'd be ready, and it appears he was correct. (USATSI)

On March 1, it was revealed Indians closer Chris Perez was shut down for "three to four weeks" with soreness in his pitching shoulder. Perez himself expressed optimism that he'd be back earlier than that and would be ready to go for the start of the season. And it looks like he was right.

Perez told reporters Monday he is "100 percent" and "should be ready for opening day, barring anything unforeseen." (via Paul Hoynes on Twitter)

Assuming Perez is recovered in time to be with his team on opening day, it would mark the second straight season in which Perez suffered a spring injury and then healed quicker than his ballclub expected him to.

Perez, 27, had 39 saves in 43 chances with a 3.59 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings last season, making his second straight All-Star Game.

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