The Indians are getting back Franmil Reyes and Roberto Perez this weekend.
Camryn Justice reported on Twitter that the Indians are expecting to get back Franmil Reyes and Roberto Perez this upcoming Saturday. Returns that could not come soon enough considering the plague of injuries the Tribe are currently dealing with. They’re expected to return on Saturday during the Houston Astros series.
Reyes was doing some real damage as the team’s DH before he suffered a significant muscle strain. He was hitting .259, with 11 home runs and 29 RBIs, which was good enough to help keep the Tribe going while others around them were dealing with slumps. Most of the players that were slumping have turned their season around but now the rest are getting injured; putting the Tribe back into a similar situation from the start of the season where only so many guys are able to contribute.
This time for different reasons.
Franmil Reyes and Roberto Perez could help in two very different ways
Reyes will provide a lift for the offense right off the bat if his rehab stint is anything to tell you. He hit .312 across his five games in the minors on his rehab assignment, with two home runs and three RBIs. While the level of competition is different, sometimes you just need to get back to swinging to find your rhythm again, and hopefully, Reyes has done just that.
For Perez, his offense isn’t exactly great, though he does have pop in his bat. No, what Perez should help with isn’t just his defensive capabilities with his glove but also his ability to call games for pitchers. Pitchers and catchers are two pretty interwoven positions but catchers don’t often get the credit they deserve for helping guide pitchers through a game. Perez is one of the best to ever call a game from behind home plate, and is the perfect guy to help these young pitchers navigate through a tough situation.
Hopefully, both men continue to show their value when they return to the team on Saturday.