ZEBULON, N.C. -- Closer Chris Perez, who has recovered from an oblique injury, was jovial as he signed autographs and joked with fans Tuesday. He simulated back-to-back action during a throwing session Monday and throwing in the bullpen before Tuesday's exhibition, and his genuine excitement for game action was shown through his interaction with fans and reporters.
"I'm ready to go," Perez said. "I feel good, I feel strong and my body is responding well. It's not the most ideal of circumstances, missing four months of Spring Training, but it is what it is. It might be a battle, but I'm going to roll with it."
Manager Manny Acta said he has options if Perez has to work lightly during the start of the regular season.
"I'm not anticipating on leaning on him so hard the first week or so of the season," Acta said. "We do have Vinnie [Pestano] there. If we need someone three or four days in a row, we will probably give Vinnie that opportunity."