CLEVELAND — Indians catcher Roberto Perez underwent surgery Thursday morning to remove bone spurs from his ankle.
The arthroscopic surgery was performed in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the team said.
Last season, Perez ended the season with a .239 batting average, recorded 24 home runs and 63 RBIs. He led the American League in putouts (1,082), double plays turned as a catcher (12) and caught stealing percentage (40.8 percent).
The Indians recently took to Twitter to make a case for their 30-year-old catcher’s nomination for a Gold Glove award following his performance in the 2019 season.
The team listed three stats to make the case, including the caught stealing percentage, most defensive runs saves in the league regardless of position (29) and his zero passed balls through 118 games, the most games without a passed ball since Johnny Bench in 1975.
Perez is expected to be fully recovered and ready for unrestricted baseball activity by the start of Spring Training. The first game of Spring Training is scheduled for Feb. 22 against the Cincinnati Reds.