MLB notes: Indians closer Chris Perez rips bosses
By QMI Agency
|Indians closer Chris Perez reacts after striking out Tigers batter Miguel Cabrera at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, May 24, 2012. (AARON JOSEFCZYK/Reuters)
The Cleveland Indians have fallen from contention after a strong start to the season and closer Chris Perez blames ownership and management.
Asked to compare the Indians with the more successful Detroit Tigers, Perez told Foxsports.com: "Different owners."
"It comes down to that," the 27-year-old right-hander said.
"(The Tigers) are spending money. (Tigers owner Mike Ilitch) wants to win. Even when the economy (in Detroit) is down, he spends money. He has got a team to show for it. You get what you pay for in baseball."
Perez also took a jab at Indians general manager Chris Antonetti.
"They don't make trades," he said of the front-office staff. "It goes hand in hand (with ownership) ... Josh Willingham would look great in this lineup. They didn't want to (pony) up for that last year. That's the decision they made, and this is the bed we're laying in."
Antonetti said the team strongly disagreed with the comments.
"Nonetheless, we are not satisfied with our recent results and our entire organization remains committed to fielding winning teams and that is the standard by which we will continue to operate."
ANGELS ACE AILING
Anaheim Angels ace Jered Weaver has tendinitis in his right biceps and will miss his scheduled start Friday against the Detroit Tigers.
Weaver was hit by a line drive Sunday and experienced lingering soreness, prompting a visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum. An MRI revealed tendinitis, which isn't directly linked to being hit in the right shoulder by the battled ball.
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said he expected Weaver to return to the rotation shortly.
Ervin Santana will start Friday in Weaver's place.
Weaver is 16-4 with a 2.86 earned-run average this season.
MOVE FOR UTLEY?
Chase Utley has fielded grounders at third base a couple of times during warmups, suggesting that the second baseman could find a new position with the Philadelphia Phillies next season.
At this point it is just an experiment and manager Charlie Manuel has played down the possibility of Utley playing third in a game this month.
The Phillies are unlikely to pick up veteran third baseman Placido Polanco's $5.5-million option next season.
Miami Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. The reliever, previously known as Leo Nunez, will be sidelined until late in the 2013 season.