News and Notes: May 31, 2012

May 30, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez (54) walks to the bullpen before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Gesture by Indians' pitcher angers Royals' Jarrod Dyson - Columbia Missourian

Chris Perez has been on a roll since his Opening Day blown save, but it's not his pitching that has gained him notoriety of late. He was fined last month for a Twitter post after a Royals game, forced impromptu press releases by the Indians front office after commenting on the Cleveland attendance, and most recently, he worked some WWE into an MLB game:

During Monday's game, Perez promised his teammates in the bullpen that if he struck out Dyson he would make the "you can't see me" gesture popularized by pro wrestler John Cena.

Perez said before Tuesday's game that the gesture was in response to what Dyson told Sipp.

"That's the only reason I did it," Perez said. "I said, 'All right, you're coming for me, I'm coming for you.' If I strike you out, you're going to get the 'can't see me face.'

"What happened? Three pitches. You can't see me," he said.

After the incident went public, Perez went on MLB Network's The Rundown, talking about the Cena gesture as well as about a number of other things. As always, the interview was honest and interesting:



Indians place Travis Hafner on disabled list | indians.com: News

Here's the gory details on Travis Hafner's knee injury:

Hafner is scheduled to undergo an arthroscopic procedure to repair fraying in his medial meniscus on Thursday at the Cleveland Clinic. The Indians indicated that the expected timetable for a return to full baseball activities for Hafner will be four to six weeks.

"He failed conservative management," Indians head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said.

For now the Indians aren't going to have one guy replace Hafner as DH. Most teams don't have an everyday DH, using it as a day off for older position players or as a way to stack a lineup against a starting pitcher. There's probably another roster move or moves in the works, as although Juan Diaz should probably be sent down, he's the only other shortstop on the roster. So not only will the Indians need to get another bat on the roster (meaning Matt LaPorta or possibly Russ Canzler), at the same time they'll need to bring up a guy who can back up Cabrera at shortstop.

Normally that would be Jason Donald, but Donald's been having serious throwing problems and has actually been playing in the outfield recently. That leaves Cord Phelps, who isn't hitting in AAA but can serve as a backup middle infielder. Or the Indians could just go with Diaz for the time being and look around for someone outside the organization.

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