Indians closer Chris Perez has a strained muscle in his side and he'll be out for the next 4-6 weeks. The right hander did it when he threw his first bullpen session a few days ago.
The team feels he still could be ready by Opening Day on April 5th. Relief pitchers can get ready for the season in a week or two. If Perez is not ready by the opener, Vinny Pestano would get the first chance to be the closer, according to manager Manny Acta.