CLEVELAND -- Indians closer Chris Perez believes it is time to turn the spotlight away from him and back on the first-place Tribe. Perez made a stir over the weekend with some controversial comments about being booed at home and Cleveland's attendance figures, but the pitcher wants to move on.
Perez did note that many fans have reacted positively to his complaints.
"I got it off my chest and now it's back to playing baseball," Perez told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. "We need to get on a roll. We have a big week this week with the Tigers and the White Sox. It really doesn't matter unless we win. [The reaction has] all been positive. I went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [on Monday]. I had a couple of people come and shake my hand.
"I have a couple of cards sitting up there [in my locker] that are from season-ticket holders who wanted to shake my hand and say, 'Thank you. You said what has been on our chest for a couple of years now.' I think it has been overall positive. Negative or positive, the town is talking Tribe, which is a good thing this time of year."
Perez also wanted to make it clear that, while he might not be entirely content in Cleveland, he is motivated to help bring a championship to the city.
"I don't want out," Perez said. "I'm unhappy. That doesn't mean I want out. You're allowed to be unhappy in your work situation. There's an old saying in baseball: 'If you don't like it, play better.' It doesn't matter anything about your situation. If you don't like it, play better and everything will take care of itself. That's my viewpoint.
"I'm not going anywhere as long as I keep getting saves. The team isn't going to trade me as long as I'm getting saves. If I really wanted out, I'd start tanking on the field, be injured, be a bad teammate, not talk to you guys ... not sign autographs. I don't want out. I want to win. I'm here. My friends are here.
"Do I want to get traded midway through the season and try to meet 30 new guys again and get thrust into that? No, I've already been through that when I got traded here. I like it here. I'm comfortable here. I'm not out. I'm in. I'm here."
Smith claims public police report false
CLEVELAND -- Joe Smith did not deny being involved in an off-day altercation when discussing the matter on Tuesday afternoon, but the Indians reliever claimed that the police report that has gone public is not entirely true.
"All I'm going to say is there's a story written about an inaccurate and fake report that was filed," Smith said. "Other than that, I've got no other comments."
According to a police report filed by the Put-in-Bay (Ohio) Police Department, Smith was involved in an altercation at the Roundhouse Bar on Monday while accompanied by Jack Laforce and Allie Laforce, who is a sports reporter for FOX 8 in Cleveland. Smith was reportedly denied entrance to the bar due to a lack of proper identification and then needed to be physically removed from the property by bar security.
There was an alleged scuffle outside the bar and officers later located Smith and Jack Laforce on a boat at a nearby dock. Smith and Laforce were then placed in "investigative detention" and handcuffed before being released with no charges filed, according to the police report. The police report also identified Allie Laforce as "Mr. Smith's girlfriend."
"That's my personal life," Smith said. "I don't think you all need to know any of that."
Indians manager Manny Acta said Smith informed him of what actually took place, adding that the pitcher had the manager's support.
Hannahan out of lineup for eighth straight game
CLEVELAND -- Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan was out of the lineup for the eighth consecutive day Tuesday with tightness in his back. Manager Manny Acta said Hannahan would take part in all of the team's pregame activities, and then a decision would be made about his availability off the bench Tuesday night against the Tigers.
"It's gradually getting better," Hannahan said. "I'm still a little slower than I'd like to be. Today's going to be a big day."
While the Indians are hopeful Hannahan can return to the starting lineup soon, Jose Lopez has performed well in his absence. Entering Tuesday, Lopez was 9-for-25 (.360) with five RBIs since Hannahan's injury, and he's reached base in 10 of his last 20 plate appearances. He was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs Sunday against the Marlins.
"He's a proven veteran," Acta said. "That's why we like what he did in Spring Training and why we left him on the team. We feel like he's not too far removed from the player he was in Seattle. He's still got juice in that bat. He's stepped up big time for us in the time when Jack has been out."
Lopez's best season for the Mariners came in 2009 when he batted .272 with 25 home runs and 96 RBIs. He has a career .263 average.
Acta visits Lake County on off-day
CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Manny Acta spent the team's off-day watching some of the organization's top prospects at Class A Lake County Monday night.
"It was nice to go over there and take a look at the kids," Acta said. "Brought back a lot of good memories."
The most notable member of the Captains is shortstop Francisco Lindor, the Indians' top pick (eighth overall) in last year's First-Year Player Draft. Lindor has had a solid first season, hitting .302 with four home runs, 19 RBIs and 11 stolen bases through 39 games entering Tuesday.
When asked what he thought of Lindor, Acta smiled.
"He's gonna be OK," Acta said. "He's a very good player. He stands out a little bit despite being just out of high school. He's got great body language and just a lot of confidence in himself. You can see it. Regardless of the situation he's in, he looks like he's under control.
"He's gonna be a good one."
Quote to note
"If I knew that, I'll be hitting the Lotto on Sunday and I don't think you'll be seeing me on Monday. I think it's going to be good, because he's been good for us, and they appreciate that."
--Indians manager Manny Acta on what he thinks the crowd's reaction will be when closer Chris Perez makes his first appearance since his controversial comments.
• Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin (on the 15-day disabled list with a right wrist injury) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday. Manager Manny Acta said Tomlin "looked good" and he'll likely throw a simulated game in the next couple of days if he feels good on Wednesday. "It's probably going to be something around 50 pitches." Acta said of the simulated game. Tomlin is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday.
• Kyle Bellows, an infielder for Double-A Akron, was named the Indians' Minor League Player of the Week for May 14-20. The 23-year-old Bellows hit .417 with three home runs and nine RBIs during the week. Bellows was the Indians' fourth-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of San Jose State University.
• Indians reliever Rafael Perez still isn't any closer to pitching a simulated game. Acta said Perez has thrown off the mound, but he hasn't really advanced in his throwing program. Perez hasn't pitched since April 25, and he's currently on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury.
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