Perez finished with a .176/.222/.176 slash line and two RBI over 18 plate appearances in spring training.
Perez registered just three hits in 17 at-bats this spring, striking out four times over that stretch. Despite this, he's on track to begin the 2020 season as the team's starting backstop, with Sandy Leon likely to stand in as the backup catcher on Perez's occasional off days.
Perez (ankle) is in the starting lineup for Saturday's spring training game against the Athletics, batting second.
Perez will make his spring debut Saturday after he underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle in October. Unless he experiences any setbacks, the 31-year-old will likely be ready for Opening Day after he recorded a career-best .773 OPS with 24 home runs and 63 RBI last season.
Perez (ankle) is set to make his Cactus League debut Saturday against the A's, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
The 31-year-old underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle in October, but the procedure was never expected to impact his availability for Opening Day. Perez is set to begin his second season as Cleveland's primary catcher after posting a .239/.321/.452 slash line with 24 home runs in 119 games during 2019.
Perez underwent arthroscopic surgery Thursday to remove bone spurs from his right ankle.
The surgery appears to have been successful, and Perez is expected to be ready for unrestricted baseball activity by the start of spring training. The 30-year-old hit .239/.321/.452 with a career-high 24 home runs and 63 RBI in 2019.
Perez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
With the Tribe eliminated from playoff contention earlier in the weekend, Perez will close the season with two straight turns on the bench after he had handled one of the larger workloads among all catchers in baseball in 2019. Kevin Plawecki will fill in for Perez behind the dish.
Perez is not in the lineup Saturday against the Nationals.
Cleveland will rest several starters after getting eliminated from playoff contention Friday. Eric Haase gets the start behind the plate.
Perez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday in the Indians' 11-0 win over the White Sox.
The Tribe values Perez mostly for what he offers defensively, but he's also been one of the more surprisingly productive fantasy catchers this season. While his .238 batting average leaves something to be desired, Perez's 24 home runs have exceeded his output (21) from his previous five big-league seasons combined.
Perez went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a walk Tuesday against the Tigers.
Perez delivered run-scoring hits in both the second and third innings, playing a big role in the team's victory Tuesday. He's produced in bunches of late, driving in 10 runs in his last 10 games while also recording five multi-hit efforts in that span. For the season, he's now hitting a surprisingly strong .240/.324/.460 across 420 plate appearances.
Perez went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run Sunday in the Indians' 7-5 win over the Twins.
Perez wrapped up the weekend with back-to-back two-hit showings, continuing his recent surge after a rough start to the second half. Heading into the season's final month, Perez was slashing just .160/.243/.304 in his first 37 games out of the All-Star break, but he's rebounded with a 1.051 OPS through his first 10 contests of September.
Perez is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.
He went 2-for-3 with a strikeout in Game 1, accounting for two of the Indians' five hits as they lost 2-0. Kevin Plawecki is starting behind the dish and hitting eighth.
Perez is not starting Wednesday against the Angels.
Perez went hitless Tuesday after hitting .409 over his previous six contests. Kevin Plawecki gets the start behind the plate in his absence.
Perez is not in the lineup Sunday against the Twins.
Perez has gone 7-for-19 in his last five games. He'll sit in favor of Kevin Plawecki in Sunday's contest.
Perez went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI against the White Sox on Tuesday.
Perez's availability was in question for Tuesday after he exited Monday's contest early with a foot contusion. However, he showed no ill effects in his return, smacking a three-run homer in the seventh inning. He now has 22 home runs on the season, nearly tripling his previous career-high.
Perez (foot) is catching and batting eighth Tuesday against the White Sox.
Perez was lifted from Monday night's matchup after suffering a left foot contusion, but he won't be forced to miss any time due to the injury. He's batting .224 with 21 homers and 50 RBI over 101 games this season.
Perez was removed from Monday's game against the White Sox due to a left foot bruise, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Considering the nature of the injury, Perez will likely be considered day-to-day moving forward. Kevin Plawecki or Eric Haase would see time behind the dish if Perez is forced to miss any time.
Perez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays.
Perez will give way to Kevin Plawecki behind the dish as the Tribe concludes its series in Tampa Bay with an afternoon game. Cleveland's top backstop ended August with a whimper, going 0-for-4 in Saturday's 9-6 loss to finish the month with a .139/.225/.278 slash line.
Perez is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Tigers.
With the series finale beginning at 1:10 p.m. EDT, Perez will take a seat after logging action behind the plate the last two days. He recorded only one hit -- his 21st home run of the season -- in his two starts in Detroit. Kevin Plawecki will spell him behind the dish for the matinee game.
Perez went 1-for-4 with a home run, walk and two RBI in Tuesday's 10-1 win over the Tigers.
Perez's 21 home runs trail only Gary Sanchez (29) and Mitch Garver (23) among all catcher-eligible players, but the 30-year-old's slugging pace has slowed considerably in the second half. The veteran is slashing .165/.248/.322 with five home runs in 34 games since the All-Star break.
Perez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Perez is batting just .138/.219/.259 in August, but his excellent track record as a defender will continue to make him the Tribe's top option behind the plate. He'll just be getting some maintenance for the afternoon contest after drawing the past two starts at catcher. Kevin Plawecki will fill in for Perez in the series finale.
Perez is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets.
Kevin Plawecki will handle catching duties and hit seventh against right-hander Noah Syndergaard. Perez remains the Indians' starting catcher despite slashing just .154/.241/.288 across 16 games during August. The right-handed-hitting backstop owns a .223 batting average and has 63 strikeouts in 202 at-bats against righties.
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