Indians manager Terry Francona says he did not consider leaving struggling closer Chris Perez off the wild-card roster.
CLEVELAND - Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez deleted his Twitter account on Monday after a rough outing against the Mariners.
The right-handed pitcher released a statement, but did not specifically mention why he got rid of the @chrisperez54 account. Manager Terry Francona said Perez deleted it to focus more on the team.
"The decision to deactivate my Twitter account was a personal choice I made in order to maintain the greater focus on the success of the team this season and our shared goals moving forward.
We have an extremely positive and supportive group of players, coaches and staff members in our clubhouse and I want to participate in activities and routines that contribute positively to the culture we're building here.
Out of respect for my teammates, I want to minimize any potential off-the-field distractions so this is the only time I will comment on this topic. Thank you for your understanding."
Despite Perez giving up two homers to blow a save on Saturday, the Tribe managed to win. He also let Seattle take a one-run lead during Monday's game, but Cleveland came back to complete the sweep.
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