Indians C Pérez has ankle surgery, expected ready for camp

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Roberto Perez hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning in a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, in Cleveland. Indians catcher Roberto Perez had surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle. The team said Pérez underwent the arthroscopic procedure Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Roberto Perez hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning in a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, in Cleveland. Indians catcher Roberto Perez had surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle. The team said Pérez underwent the arthroscopic procedure Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 10/17/2019 5:27 PM

CLEVELAND -- Indians catcher Roberto Pérez had surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle.

The team said Pérez underwent the arthroscopic procedure Thursday in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 30-year-old Pérez is expected to be fully recovered by spring training in February.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Pérez had a career-best season for the Indians, who made him their full-time starter after trading All-Star Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals in November. Pérez batted .239 with 24 homers and 63 RBIs in 119 games. He entered the season with just 21 homers.

He also played at a Gold Glove level behind the plate, not allowing a passed ball. Perez threw out a league-high 41 percent of would-be base stealers while handling one of baseball's best pitching staffs.

Only Bill Dicky (1931), Al Todd (1937) and Johnny Bench (1975) caught more games than Pérez without committing a passed ball.

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