“If it does go to free agency, the first place I’m coming is here,” Hamilton said. “If I owe anything, it is that.”
Indians closer Perez out 4-6 weeks ith muscle strain
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Chris Perez couldn’t finish his first bullpen session without trouble.
Cleveland’s All-Star closer will miss at least one month and possibly six weeks with a strained left side muscle he injured throwing off the mound for the first time in spring training.
It’s the second significant injury in camp already for the Indians, who announced Friday that center fielder Grady Sizemore will not be ready for opening day because of a strained lower back.
Perez, who had 36 saves in 40 chances and a 3.32 ERA in 64 games last season, was hurt during the latter stages of his workout.
• TWINS: Minnesota reliever Joel Zumaya has a torn ligament in his right elbow and will miss the season, the latest setback for the hard thrower who has been plagued by injuries since 2006. He lasted just 13 pitches in his first session of live batting practice Saturday before walking off the mound with pain in his elbow.
Zumaya had signed an incentive-laden, one-year deal with the Twins. He had not thrown a pitch since June 2010 after breaking his elbow while pitching for Detroit in a game at Target Field.
• BRAVES: Atlanta right-hander Tommy Hanson was back on the field, his first appearance in uniform since a car wreck left him with a mild concussion. Hanson did some light throwing, supervised by the training staff. He went 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA last season.
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