Indians catcher Roberto Perez placed on 10-day Injured List with right shoulder strain

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By , 92.3 The Fan
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Roberto Perez is heading to the 10-day Injured List.

The Indians catcher deals with a right shoulder strain that happened in Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Royals.

Cleveland recalled outfielder Daniel Johnson Wednesday from the Alternate Training Site in Lake County to fill the open roster spot.

“(Roberto) is doing OK today,” Indians manager Terry Francona said before the game. “He got an MRI last right, and they read it today. ... He will not throw for seven days.”

Perez will head to the Alternate Camp Site in Lake County to work out and stay in baseball shape. Francona did say that Perez could do some light workouts with the trainers at Lake County if his shoulder starts to feel better.

Indians pitcher Shane Bieber knows it’s going to be a bumpy ride without the team’s starting catcher. Still, the All-Star pitcher did leave a friendly phone call to Perez on Wednesday.

“It’s tough to say at least. ... Things could be worst, and we’re excited to potentially get him back within a week to 10 days,” Bieber said.” I called and told him to get healthy as quickly as you can, and we can’t wait to have you back.”

Bieber does like how the Indians have their catchers ready in case of a situation with not Perez in the lineup.

“We have the depth and the catching core to definitely sustain our momentum right now,” Bieber said. “Roberto is one of the best, if not the best (catcher) ... it’s a tough blow.”

Road Trippin’

Cleveland hits the road for the first time Thursday night to start a four-game series against last year's A.L. Central champs Minnesota.

With half of the Miami Marlins testing positive for coronavirus earlier this week, Francona made sure his club knows what to expect on the road.

"This will be a big test for us," Francona said. "We haven't been outside our bubble; we practiced here, we played here. Now we're going on the road for the first time, so it's going to be important we don't make any missteps.

"It doesn't mean someone did anything bad, it just means we have to be extra precautions because it wouldn't take much to set something off the wrong way."

All-Star pitcher Bieber (1-0, 0.00) will take the mound for Game 1 of the four-game series the Indians. At the same time, Minnesota will counter with right-hander Jose Berrios (0-0, 11.25). 

Hot Start

Like the Cleveland weather, the Indians are hot right now. The club is off to its best start to a season since 2006, when that team started 6-1. This marks the best beginning of a season in the Terry Francona era – the first season was 2013 -- that the Indians are above .500 to start a season.

While Cleveland swept its doubleheader with Chicago on Tuesday, the Indians won their first series against the White Sox since Sept. 24-26, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Like the Cleveland weather, the Indians are hot right now. The club is off to its best start to a season since 2006, when that team started 6-1. This marks the best beginning of a season in the Terry Francona era – the first season was 2013 -- that the Indians are above .500 to start a season.

While Cleveland swept its doubleheader with Chicago on Tuesday, the Indians won their first series against the White Sox since Sept. 24-26, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field.