Indians catcher Roberto Pérez has been diagnosed with a concussion. He sustained it after taking a ball off the mask in last night’s game against the Athletics.
Manager Terry Francona called it a “mild” concussion, but if we’ve learned anything in sports in the past several years it’s that you have to assume all brain injuries are serious unless and until the symptoms go away. Francona said that the team will make a decision today about whether to place Pérez on the injured list, but assume that’ll be a yes.
Pérez is hitting .228/.319/.426 with six home runs and has played above average defense behind the plate for Cleveland. Assuming he’s sent to the injured list he’ll be replaced by backup Kevin Plawecki. Minor leaguer Eric Haase is en route to Cleveland from Columbus so, after a stop at the essential Grandpa’s Cheese Barn at Exit 186 on Interstate 71, he’ll be in town for backup duties.
Five years ago, Octavio Dotel retired following a 15-year career in which he pitched for a then-record 13 different teams. I’m not exactly sure what he’s been up to since then, but I know that today he got arrested, as did former Marlins, Twins and Mets second baseman Luis Castillo.
That’s the report from Héctor Gómez, and from the Dominican Today, each of whom report that the two ex-big leaguers were arrested today in connection with a longstanding money laundering and/or drug investigation focused on one César Peralta. also known as “César the Abuser.” So he sounds fun. Gómez characterizes it as a money laundering thing. Reporter Dionisio Soldevila characterizes it as “drug trafficking charges.” Such charges often go hand-in-hand, of course. I’m sure more details will be come out eventually. For now we have the report of their arrests. According to the Dominican Today, four cars belonging to Dotel were confiscated as well.
Dotel didn’t debut until he was 25, and for his first couple of years with the Mets and Astros he struggled to establish himself as a starter. He was switched full-time to the Houston bullpen at 27, however, and went on to make 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and a .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings. At the time of his retirement his career strikeout rate — 10.8 per nine innings — was the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings, edging out Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.
Castillo also played 15 seasons, with a career line of .290/.368/.351. He was a three-time All Star and won three Gold Glove awards.