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February 26, 2012

Major League Bastian

The Indians have lost closer Chris Perez for the time being, but the club is hoping there is still enough time for him to return to the bullpen prior to Opening Day in Cleveland.

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.”

It is not clear when Perez will be cleared to resume throwing off a mound, but the Indians are hopeful that he can…

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