MLB notes: Indians closer Chris Perez may have bad-mouthed his way out of town
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)
Indians closer Chris Perez may have bought his ticket out of Cleveland with his biting criticism last week of the team's ownership and management.
The Indians will try to trade Perez, starting pitcher Justin Masterson and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo during the off-season, FoxSports.com reported Monday.
All three are eligible for arbitration this winter.
Perez has been effective this season, with 35 saves and a 1.07 WHIP, to go with a 0-4 record and a 3.62 earned-run average.
The 27-year-old right-hander last Tuesday blamed the Indians' second-half slide on ownership's refusal to spend money.
"Josh Willingham (a slugging outfielder who signed a three-year, $21-million contract with Minnesota as a free agent) would look great in this lineup," Perez said.
"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.
"It's not just ownership. They don't make trades. It's the GMs. It goes hand in hand."
YANKEE REINJURES LEFT CALF
The New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira will be sidelined 10-14 days after reinjuring his left calf running to first base Sunday.
The first baseman had returned to the lineup Saturday night after missing 10 games because of a strained calf.
Teixeira ran hard down the line to try to avoid a game-ending double play against the Baltimore Orioles. His head-first slide appeared to beat the relay throw but Teixeira was called out.
He is batting .255 with 23 homers and 81 RBI.
The Yankees lead Baltimore by one game in the AL East.
ASTROS NOT TAKING OFF
Houston fans have tuned out the struggling Astros.
The Astros' win Sunday over the Cincinnati Reds was watched on television by an average of only 1,092 households, the lowest in history, according to the Houston Chronicle. To put it another way, a maximum of 0.18% of Houston's televisions were tuned to the game.
The Astros have the worst record in MLB, 44-96.
KEMP POISED TO RETURN
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp hopes to return to the lineup Tuesday night after getting two cortisone injections in his shoulder.
Kemp missed weekend games because of a sore shoulder. He was hurt Aug. 28 when he slammed into an outfield wall.
He told the Los Angeles Times he expected to be back for the opener of a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Cincinnati Reds reliever Nick Masset has undergone season-ending shoulder surgery. The injury has bothered him all season and he has not been able to pitch ... The Chicago White Sox will put Gavin Floyd back in the rotation for a game Wednesday night against the Detroit Tigers. The right-hander has a 1-0 record and a 1.38 ERA against Detroit this season. The 29-year-old right-hander has ben sidelined since Aug. 26 because of a sore elbow.