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Indians sign 36-year-old Oliver Perez for struggling bullpen

Minnesota Twins' Ryan LaMarre scores on a wild pitch by Cleveland Indians pitcher Oliver Perez, top, during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Minneapolis. (Jim Mone / AP)
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MINNEAPOLIS – The Cleveland Indians have signed 36-year-old left-hander Oliver Perez for their struggling bullpen. This is Perez’s eighth major league team.

The move was made before the game at Minnesota on Saturday when the Indians designated left-hander Jeff Beliveau for assignment.

Perez pitched in 16 games with a 2.57 ERA this season for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, a New York Yankees affiliate. He had a 4.95 ERA over 64 appearances last year for Washington.

Perez debuted in 2002 with San Diego as a starter and has a career 4.46 ERA in 1,367 innings. If he pitches, he will be the 15th reliever used by the Indians this season. Cleveland’s relief ERA of 6.01 entering Saturday was by far the worst in the majors.