The Indians have announced that closer Chris Perez will miss the next 3-4 weeks with a strained shoulder. The right-hander did it during his last outing on February 26th. He will not throw for the next 7-10 days and will begin throwing after that if the symptoms have gone away. The team expects him to miss the next 3-4 weeks of games, but he has not been ruled out for Opening Day. Relief pitchers do not require a lot of time to get ready for the season, unlike staring pitchers.
Perez had been slated to pitch for the United States in the World Baseball Classic, but he will not be able to compete in the event.
In other Indians injury news, Michael Brantley is on the comeback trail from a lacerated forearm. The outfielder is doing cardio and strength training, he's hoping to get back to limited baseball activities early next week.
RHP Frank Herrmann sprained a ligament in his Feb. 25th outing. The team is still deciding how to proceed with the rehab, there is no timetable for his return.