Perez out for two months
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.