Perez hasn’t played since July 28, after which he landed on the shelf with a right shoulder injury. The Indians have had to turn to Sandy Leon and Beau Taylor behind the plate in Perez’s absence, and the results haven’t been pretty.
Although the Indians have gotten off to a good start at 13-9, their catchers have hit a shockingly ineffective .088/.225/.147 in 80 plate appearances. Some of that has been Perez’s doing, though he only took 11 PA prior to his injury. And Perez was one of the game’s top all-around catchers just last season, when he put up respectable offense (.239/.321/.452 with 24 home runs in 449 trips to the plate), threw out a league-high 41 percent of would-be base thieves and earned excellent marks as a framer.
Leon, meanwhile, will miss at least the next few days, Meisel reports. He’s going on temporary leave to tend to a family matter.