Indians designate Rafael Perez for assignment
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they designated left-handed reliever Rafael Perez for assignment.
Perez, 30, was limited to just eight appearances with the Indians at the start of the season before he was shut down and placed on the disabled list with left latissimus and shoulder soreness at the end of April. He worked his way back to a minor league rehab assignment in July where he made four appearances for Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus from July 14-23, but had a setback in his rehab and was shut down for two weeks. He returned and made one appearance on August 11th for Columbus before he was permanently shut down for the season.
At the end of September the Indians and Perez opted for surgery to correct his shoulder issue. He underwent an arthroscopic debridement of his left shoulder and was expected to be ready for the start of spring training in 2013.
Perez was up for his final year of arbitration this offseason and was projected to earn about $2 million in 2013, so that along with his questionable health status for next season made him expendable for the Indians. If he clears waivers he can elect free agency, though may still return to the Indians on a minor league deal if he is unable to get a guaranteed deal elsewhere.
The Indians used the opening on the 40-man roster to officially reactivate lefty Nick Hagadone on the roster. The 40-man roster is full once again.
Follow Tony and the Indians Baseball Insider on Twitter @TonyIBI. Also, his new book the 2014 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider which profiles the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is available for sale.