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Chris Perez one step closer to rejoining the Indians

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NILES, Ohio - He's one of the most polarizing athletes in Cleveland sports today. He has criticized the fans for not coming to games and management for not spending money on free- agents.

Like him or hate him, Chris Perez is their closer and he's one small step away from returning to the Progressive Field bullpen.

Perez will pitch one inning of relief with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers Tuesday night, potentially his final rehab appearance before returning to Cleveland.

One week ago, the Tribe closer was rocked in a rehab stint with Akron giving up five runs on five hits in one inning, three of those homeruns.

With a strong outing with the Scrappers and no pain in the shoulder, Perez should be activated later this week.

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