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The Cleveland Indians placed closer Chris Perez on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder soreness, the team announced Monday.
It's the first career trip to the disabled list for the 27-year-old Perez. He was scheduled to be examined and have an MRI in Cleveland on Monday.
Manager Terry Francona said right-hander Vinnie Pestano (1-1, 5.25 ERA) would close games for the Indians during Perez's absence.
Left-hander Nick Hagadone was recalled from Triple-A Columbus and is in Cincinnati for the Indians' game against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday afternoon and gave up the winning home run. Going into the game, Hagadone had a 7.20 ERA in 10 innings over 13 combined appearances in his first two stints with the Indians this season.
|Indians closer Chris Perez was forced out of Sunday's game with shoulder soreness and landed on the DL for the first time Monday.|
The right-handed Perez felt stiff while warming up Sunday and was forced out of Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox with two outs and a 2-1 count on Jacoby Ellsbury. The Boston star followed with a two-run double on Joe Smith's first pitch, capping a four-run, ninth-inning rally that lifted the Red Sox to a 6-5 win.
Perez said after Sunday's game that he had "been dealing with a little thing for the last couple of weeks, but we stayed on top of it and it had been getting better. But [Sunday] it took a couple steps back."
"I don't want to leave that mound at all, especially with the game on the line like that and the team trying to cling to a win," Perez said Sunday. "But you can't pick when you're going to get hurt and unfortunately right now it's a little sore."
Cleveland led 5-2 entering the ninth, when Perez (2-1) walked Dustin Pedroia leading off. David Ortiz doubled, and Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit consecutive RBI groundouts.
Walks to Jonny Gomes and Jose Iglesias around Stephen Drew's single loaded the bases. On his third pitch to Ellsbury, Perez felt a pinch in the shoulder. With Francona watching at his side, Perez threw a warm-up pitch that sailed past catcher Carlos Santana.
"It kind of pinched on me and sent a little pain down my arm," Perez said Sunday. "Then I tried to throw another pitch and it just wasn't happening."
Perez is 2-1 with six saves and a 4.32 ERA for the Indians (27-22, second place in the AL Central). He has two blown saves. He has saved more than 30 games each of the past two seasons, including a career-best 39 in 2012.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.