Perez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Kevin Plawecki will step in at catcher and bat eighth in the series finale. Perez was behind the plate for the first two games of the series, going 2-for-7 with two RBI and four strikeouts.
Perez went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer in a 7-2 win over the Reds on Saturday. Perez's home run in the eighth inning provided the Indians with a 4-2 lead, and they tacked on a few insurance runs in the following frame for good measure. The 30-year-old went into Wednesday's game in 4-for-24 slump with 13 strikeouts, but he has six hits -- including two homers and a triple -- in his last two contests.
Perez is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals. Perez went 2-for-3 with a home run, triple, walk, two RBI and two runs Wednesday in the Indians' 4-0 win over the Royals. Now up to 15 home runs on the campaign, Perez has almost doubled up his previous career-best total (eight) from any of his prior five seasons in the majors. His 28.5 percent strikeout rate will continue to make him a batting-average risk, but the power he provides behind the plate is enough to make him a worthy roster option even in most leagues that start only one catcher. Kevin Plawecki will step in as the Indians' backstop in the series finale in what amounts to a maintenance day for Perez.
Perez is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles. Perez started the last four games behind the plate, but he will be held out Saturday with the Indians playing a day game following a night game. Kevin Plawecki will get the start behind the plate in Perez's place.
Perez is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Perez owns an excellent .306/.375/.714 slash line in the month of June. He'll sit in favor of Kevin Plawecki on Sunday.
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