Manager Manny Acta said that lefty reliever Rafael Perez (on the 60-day disabled list with a strained left lat) is scheduled to resume his Minor League rehab following a day of rest on Thursday. Cleveland has yet to decide whether Perez's next step will be back-to-back appearances or entering in the middle of an inning. Both approaches are aimed at simulating situations Perez will face once he is activated.
According to STATS LLC, rookie right-hander Cody Allen is only the sixth player in the history of the First-Year Player Draft (1965-2012) to be selected in the 20th round (or later) and make his Major League debut no later than the following year. The others are Mike Marshall (debuted with Tigers in 1967), Dusty Baker (Braves, 1968), Carl Willis (Tigers, 1984), Deion Sanders (Yankees, 1988) and Gerald Alexander (Rangers, 1990).
Through 98 games the offense had 90 home runs and 425 runs scored. Cleveland had identical showings in each category through 98 games in 2011. The Tribe has, on the other hand, more walks (up to 353 from 311) and fewer strikeouts (down to 628 from 733) compared with last season.