Indians’ Closer Chris Perez tossed a perfect inning for the single-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Tuesday night against Auburn at Eastwood Field. The outing brings him one step closer to rejoining the Tribe bullpen, after he was placed on the disabled list on May 27 with shoulder tendonitis.
Perez pitched the fourth inning, without allowing a hit, while striking out one. His velocity topped out at 92 mph.
Indians Vice President of Player Development Ross Atkins was in attendance at the game and came away impressed with Perez’s performance.
“Typically in a major league rehab assignment, we’re looking for mostly health, and mostly that he feels good coming out of games. It was good to see him battle in that third at-bat, and the guys was on a couple of fastballs, and threw a 3-2 slider, and it was good to see that competitiveness,” he said.
The two-time All-Star Perez could be activated from the DL as soon as this week.