Chris Perez out 3-4 weeks with sore shoulder, will miss WBC

Perez has a shoulder injury. (USATSI)

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Indians closer Chris Perez won't pitch in game action for three to four weeks due a sore right shoulder, reports Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Perez is on the Team USA roster for the World Baseball Classic, so he will obviously need to be replaced and miss the event.

More importantly, though, this is bad news for the Indians. Four weeks from Friday is three days before opening day. So, yes, opening day is in doubt for the closer. Perez himself, however, took to Twitter to express his optimism on the issue.

As Perez notes, he had an oblique injury last spring. In fact, it was Feb. 26 when he was said to be out for four to six weeks. Sure enough, Perez took the mound in a save situation on opening day, April 5. He blew the save, but he was healthy and got locked in immediately thereafter, closing 24 straight games before his second blown save.

For the whole season, the 27-year-old Perez had 39 saves in 43 chances with a 3.59 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings. He also made his second straight All-Star Game.

Should Perez miss any time, Vinnie Pestano is the best bet to get the save chances.

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