Perez out for two months

PerezPhoto by Kelly Gavin

Rangers left-handed pitcher Martin Perez was lost for at least two months when he suffered a broken left arm during Sunday’s 7-6 loss to the Diamondbacks. The injury takes him completely out of the competition to be the Rangers fifth starter.

The injury could force the Rangers to re-consider the possibility of pursuing free agent pitcher Kyle Lohse. The Rangers had some interest in Lohse at one point during the winter but backed off as Spring Training approached. He is still an occasional topic of conversation within the front office.

Perez was hit above the left wrist by a line drive off the bat of second baseman Brad Miller in the sixth inning. He was taken to a local hospital and x-rays revealed a fracture of the ulna bone in his left forearm.

Perez, who was 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA in six starts and six relief appearances for the Rangers last season, is not expected to resume a throwing program for approximately four weeks while the fracture heals. He will likely need at least another month to rebuild his arm strength and pitch counts before being an option for the rotation in either Arlington or Triple A Round Rock.


At least it’s not an elbow or a shoulder but any injury setback is a major disappointment for such a promising young arm. Here’s wishing Martin a speedy recovery.

What is that old saying, “can’t have too much pitching?” Actually, this may help Martin’s further matuaration. He’s young; he’ll be back. I vote for Robbie Ross as the leading 5th candidate. But, I believe they really want Ross back in the bullpen. So, look for Lohse, and that may be a good thing – but, two years at high dollars, ugh.

Prayers for a full and quick recovery for Martin! Hang in there young man – everything will work out ok!

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