Indians’ Jimenez struggles against Padres
Logan Forsythe offers the San Diego Padres many options. Yet, he’s trying to leave them with only one choice.
He wants to start.
Forsythe gave the Padres two more reasons to make him a regular: he hit two triples in the same inning of an 11-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.
“He’s ready to play every day,” Black said. “He wants to play every day.”
Forsythe led off third with a triple to right field off Ubaldo Jimenez and his three-base with two outs off Edward Parades drove in two runs. The Padres scored seven runs in the inning.
Jimenez gave up seven hits and five runs in two-plus innings.
Forsythe led San Diego’s 18-hit attack against the Indians, who took a 6-0 lead in the opening inning, roughing up Edinson Volquez, who gave up six runs on six hits in two innings.
One of the six hits allowed by Volquez was a three-run homer by Ryan Raburn, who signed a minor league contract with the Indians on Jan. 19 after a tough year in Detroit.
“I don’t have the luxury of a guaranteed spot,” said Raburn, who has four homers this spring and is trying to make the Cleveland’s opening-day roster as a utility player. “I’m trying to force them to make a decision.
“I’ve got something to prove,” Rayburn said.
Perez eyes opener
Cleveland All-Star closer Chris Perez hopes to recover from a shoulder injury in time for the Indians’ April 2 opener at Toronto.
Perez was diagnosed Friday with a strained muscle in his right shoulder, an injury that could sideline him for a month.
“The way it feels, just moving around, it gets better every day,” Perez said Saturday.
Perez pitched an inning Tuesday during a 4-1 loss to Kansas City and felt pain in the shoulder Thursday. The right-hander said the injury is not as serious as the strain he suffered last spring to a muscle on his left side in his first bullpen session on Feb 23.
He made it back for the opener, when he allowed three runs in the ninth against Toronto in a game the Blue Jays won in 16 innings.
“I was more concerned last year,” said Perez, a 2011 and 2012 All-Star who saved 39 games in 43 chances last season. “I think that if this was regular season, I could have managed it. But this is spring training. It’s early. We’re playing this a lot slower than we would if it was July and we were in the middle of the race.”
Indians manager Terry Francona didn’t want to set a timetable for Perez’s return.
“Is it on opening day? We’ll see,” Francona said. “If he’s a week late, he’s a week late. That’s the way it goes.”