KANSAS CITY -- It's the results that count, not the radar gun.
For those wondering if Indians closer Chris Perez has had a drop in velocity, manager Manny Acta merely points to the fact that Perez is 10-of-11 in save opportunities coming into a two-game set with the Royals on Monday.
"I'm pretty happy with that," Acta said. "How hard did [former Indians closer] Doug Jones throw when he saved the games over here? [Perez] is healthy and he's doing a nice job for us. I've seen him throw 94 or 95 [mph] in different games. As long as he gets the saves and he's healthy, I'm fine with it."
Acta added that as the warmer weather approaches, velocity figures around Major League Baseball will be on the rise.
"I don't have any concerns about Chris," Acta said.
Buck put himself in position for return to Tribe
KANSAS CITY -- When Travis Buck was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on April 19, he realized that attitude was everything.
Would Buck sulk about being sent down by the Indians or would he embrace the situation, play inspired baseball and put himself front and center when the Indians needed reinforcements?
Buck took the latter course, and it paid off Monday when he was recalled to replace Grady Sizemore, who went on the disabled list with a right knee contusion. Manager Manny Acta immediately put Buck in the lineup. He started in left field on Monday against the Royals and hit seventh in the order.
"Obviously, it's tough to go down there knowing you feel you belong up here," Buck said. "I had to go down there and make the best of it just in case something happened. I was healthy and got a chance to play a lot. I put some good swings on balls and I was going to continue to do that, regardless of whether it was going to be a short stay or a really long stay."
In 18 games for the Clippers, Buck hit .333 with 12 runs scored, four doubles, a triple, three homers and 21 RBIs. He has changed the model of his bat to a slightly smaller head, creating more bat speed that has enabled him to consistently drive the ball.
"I know I'm in a great organization that has confidence in me," Buck said. "I was hoping to come back at some point, but you didn't want to see Grady go down. I'm hoping to just go in, put some solid at-bats together and do the best I can until Grady gets healthy."
Buck spent some time at first base as well as the outfield during his Columbus stint, which provides the Indians with more lineup options. Acta said that, for now, the club's need is for Buck to play the outfield.
For the oft-injured Buck, just being healthy at this time of the year is something that brings a smile to his face.
"This is kind of uncharted territory for me," Buck said.
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.