A very strange situation at Cleveland’s spring camp in Goodyear, Az today as their closer, Chris Perez, was scratched from the lineup for today’s Cactus League battle with the White Sox.

No word was offered initially for Perez’s scratch. His bizarre behaviour on the way out of the facility fuelled speculation that perhaps the free-agent-to-be was traded.

Alas, Chris Perez is not traded. He is injured, suffering a subscapularis strain in his throwing shoulder. As Jordan Bastian reports, Perez will not throw for seven to ten days, with a goal to return to games in three or four weeks.

Add another name to the growing list of players who will miss the WBC due to injury. MLB.com reporter Zack Meisel notes that representing his country at the World Baseball Classic was a big deal for Perez, giving this spring strain a little extra sting.

Perez will not speak to reporters until tomorrow, but when reached for comment by Getting Blanked he responded thusly: