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Indians news & notes: Catcher Roberto Perez going through MLB concussion protocol

Morning news and notes for April 4, 2016.

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There's a certain magic to Opening Day.  It makes us old men feel like kids again.  I am ready for a heck of a season and it starts today.  Let's Go Tribe!

Tribe News

Takeaways from Progressive Field renovations |

The Indians are proud to show off an updated concourse, new food options, a huge new scoreboard that is more than twice the size of the old board, and plenty of other improvements for fans this season.  That scoreboard sure does look nice . . .

Perez concussion holding up final roster |

A foul ball is causing a little drama for the Tribe's Opening Day roster, as catcher Roberto Perez was going through the MLB's concussion protocol after taking a foul tip off his mask Saturday.  From Jordan Bastian:

In light of Perez's situation, two expected transactions did not occur prior to Sunday's deadline for setting the active roster. Right-handed reliever Joba Chamberlain (Minor League contract) was not added to the Major League roster and righty Tommy Hunter (recovering from offseason core-muscle surgery) was not placed on the 15-day disabled list.

"He's doing very well today," Francona said. "He's actually going to go through the entire workout, but he still needs to pass a test before he's allowed to be placed on the active roster, which makes sense to everybody."

Walters designated for assignment |

Utility man Zach Walters and pitcher Giovanny Soto were DFA'd to make room for Marlon Byrd and Ross Detwiler.

Time for Tribe fans to enjoy opener |

Here's a Terry Pluto gem about what Opening Day means to fans.

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