Originally posted on Major League Bastian:
On Sunday, the Indians revealed that Perez is sidelined with a strained left oblique and the pitcher will likely need at least four to six weeks to recover from the injury. That does not necessarily mean that the closer will be unavailable for the April 5 opener against the Blue Jays.
“I wouldn’t say that,” said Indians head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff, when asked if Perez was doubtful for Opening Day. “We’ll have to see how things go and how he responds with his throwing sessions once he gets back on a mound.”