Adding Chris Perez to the bullpen, who was coming off a down year with the Cleveland Indians, hasn’t quite panned out for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Perez has been impressive in spurts, but otherwise has struggled and failed to carve out a role with the bullpen. The right-hander’s last appearance came on Aug. 3 when he walked two batters and gave up a home run against the Chicago Cubs.
The Dodgers subsequently placed the 29 year old on the disabled list with bone spurs the following day. Perez started and threw one inning for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga as part of a rehab assignment on Monday.
According to Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com, Perez is scheduled for more work with the Quakes:
Turns out Chris Perez won't be pitching for Rancho Cucamonga on Monday (the Quakes have an of day), but he will pitch Friday for them
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) August 21, 2014
Following his first assignment, manager Don Mattingly reported things went well, via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
Talked to [assistant pitching coach] Kenny Howell today, and he was happy with the way he looked and the way he was moving,” manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday. “Didn’t feel like he was favoring his ankle in any way.”
Mattingly added if Perez progresses with his recovery, the Dodgers will then begin working him back into fold:
If he holds up in that setting and everything’s good with his foot, then we kind of move into getting him into a bullpen situation, where he’s getting back into our routine.”
Perez has appeared in 42 games for the Dodgers this season and is 0-3 with a 5.03 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. Arguably Perez’s worst stretch of the season came in May when he allowed at least two runs in four of six outings.
This season is Perez’s first in the National League since appearing in 29 games with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009.
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