Indians closer Kerry Wood may miss up to two months with a strained latissimus muscle under his right shoulder. Wood seems to think he’ll be back much sooner than that. No matter how long he is out, there are saves to be had in the meantime and Chris Perez is the guy who will get the ball in the ninth for Cleveland.
Perez has closing experience on his resume, but his results have been mixed. Strikeouts have never been a problem for Perez, who holds a career 10 K/9 in 98.2 Major League innings. However, his command has been inconsistent at best. His career BB/9 is 4.47 and he can leave the ball over the plate too often, resulting in over one home run per nine innings pitched for his young career.
Perez should be a decent option as a low end closer because of his strikeout ability, but don’t reach for him on draft day or give up much to acquire him off of waivers.