CLEVELAND, OH --- The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has activated LHP CLIFF LEE from the 15-day disabled list. In addition to Lee, LHP RAFAEL PEREZ has been recalled from AAA Buffalo. To allow room for Lee and Perez the Indians optioned OF BEN FRANCISCO & OF SHIN-SOO CHOO to AAA Buffalo.
Lee has been on the DL the entire season after being placed on the 15-day DL on April 1 with an abdominal strain. He did not make an official spring start after injuring himself during a February bullpen session in Winter Haven. Cliff made rehab starts in Buffalo, Akron, Kinston and extended spring on his road back. It was his 2nd career stint on the DL.
Perez has spent the entire season at AAA Buffalo, posting a record of 1-1 w/a 3.74 ERA in 4 games/3 starts (21.2IP, 21H, 9ER, 7BB, 13K). He has limited hitters to a .263 (21-80) average against so far this year. Perez allowed only 1 hit in 5.0 exhibition innings this spring for the Indians (5G, 3R/ER, 1BB, 3K, 5.40ERA). Perez wears #53.
Choo hit .294 (5-17) with 5RBI in 6 games for the Indians after being recalled on April 23 from AAA Buffalo when Andy Marte was DL'd. Francisco (0-0, 1G) was recalled on May 1 from Buffalo and made his Major League debut that night vs. Toronto.