Cleveland Indians backup catcher Roberto Perez is expected to be placed on the disabled list with a fractured thumb, reports Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plains Dealer. Perez injured his thumb in the fifth inning of Saturday night's game when he dove to prevent a run crossing the plate by tagging Peter Bourjos. Perez stayed in for the remainder of the game, but the injury was apparently rather severe.
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UPDATE: It's official: Perez to the DL, Adam Moore up to replace him.
#Indians placed C Roberto Perez on 15-day DL with right thumb injury. C Adam Moore purchased from Triple-A Columbus.— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) May 1, 2016
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We do not yet know the severity of Perez's injury, but broken thumbs can often take up to six weeks to heal.
Also per Paul Hoynes, catcher Adam Moore has been spotted in the Tribe clubhouse. It could be a coincidence, but if Moore is replacing Perez, it's a weird choice. Moore has not played well for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers this season (.156/.269/.289, 68 wRC+), and the Tribe also signed Anthony Recker to a minor league deal this offseason. Other options currently in Columbus include Alex Lavisky and Guillermo Quiroz.
With Yan Gomes back and healthy in 2016, Perez has not seen much work this season. He has played in only three games, including Saturday, and he has 15 total plate appearances. He has not yet registered a hit, but he has already walked six times, making for a slash line of .000/.400/.000 and a wRC+ 75. Small sample sizes are fun.