Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians reinstated closer Chris Perez from the 15-day disabled list prior to Thursday's game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Perez has been sidelined for a month with tendinitis in his right rotator cuff. The two-time All-Star had been struggling prior to being placed on the DL on May 27, surrendering seven runs over 2 2/3 innings in his last three appearances after posting an 0.64 ERA through his first 14 outings of the season.
The soon-to-be 28-year-old, who ranked fourth in the American League with 39 saves in 2012, has gone 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA and six saves this season and is expected to reclaim his customary closer's role, though replacement Vinnie Pestano converted all five of his save opportunities while filling in.
To make room for Perez on the active roster, the Indians optioned left-hander T.J. House to Triple-A Columbus.