With Kerry Wood struggling mightily, there is a groundswell of support in Cleveland for former Cardinals reliever Chris Perez to take over as the Indians closer.
Manager Manny Acta told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he's not ready to succumb to the pressure. At least not yet.
"We're not doing anything thinking about that kind of stuff," Acta told the Plain Dealer. "We just can't be changing what we're doing because a guy blew a save. He saved the game in Pittsburgh (Friday) and we were happy about it."
Acta went on to tell the paper that Perez will be the closer at some point, but the Indians "haven't gotten to that yet."
Wood is 1-3 with a 7.98 this season and has five saves in eight tries while Perez, who was traded to the Tribe last season as part of the deal to land utility man Mark DeRosa, is 0-2 with a 2.67 ERA and six saves.
Another piece of that trade, highly-touted minor league reliever Jess Todd is 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA this season in Class AAA Columbus. In 31 1/3 innings pitched, Todd has allowed 33 hits and struck out 33.
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