Do not expect to see Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez on the field any time soon.
Today was the day that Cleveland Indians backup catcher Roberto Perez received the surgery he needed to fix his fractured thumb. The timetable for Perez to play again is now eight to 12 weeks.
Since suffering the injury, the Indians reacquired catcher Chris Gimenez as a backup to Yan Gomes. Entering tonight’s game, Gimenez has appeared in one game on the season for the Tribe and was originally a Cleveland Indians draft pick in 2004. He has spent time with Cleveland during the 2009-2010, 2014, and now 2016 seasons.
Perez, although only a backup for the Cleveland Indians, is talented enough to start for multiple teams in Major League Baseball. So far this season, Perez has played in four games.
Unfortunately, Perez has not done much in his little time on the field as he has yet to get a hit, while driving in a run. Though disappointing, Perez also has scored two runs and walked six times.
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Even if Perez’s injury was on the other hand, he would had to miss the same amount of time. Not only did Perez injury a bone in his hand, but the injury also involved tendon or ligament damage.
Of Perez’s short career in the big leagues with the Cleveland Indians, last season was his best to date. In 2015, Perez hit seven home runs, drove in 21 runs, and walked 33 times on a .228 average over the course of 70 games. Now that Perez is on the mend rehabbing from surgery, it may be tough for him to even match those stats this season.
Once Perez gets back to playing baseball again and is 100%, he should go back to his role for Cleveland and the Indians should move on Gimenez. There is not a reason that should not be the case in a couple of months.
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The injury and especially the recovery time for Perez is very unfortunate. Gomes has had his injuries in the past and with Perez out, Gomes must stay healthy (knock on wood). When Gomes was replaced with Perez during his off days, the confidence remained the same in the catcher ability (albeit Gomes is the starter for good reasons).
That is because it is if the Cleveland Indians are just replacing one starting catcher with one is more than capable of doing a solid job when he is called upon. Remember, Perez can put up solid production when he is playing. Yet, he is a better defensive catcher, while Gomes has a great overall game.
Hopefully Perez can come back sooner rather than later. Once he does get back, it would also be great if the Cleveland Indians are still contending or is in the mix to some degree for a playoff spot.