Texas Rangers Injury Update: Martin Perez

by Collin Budd | Posted on Monday, March 16th, 2015
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AP Photo/ Elise Amendola

AP Photo/ Elise Amendola

In desperate need of any positive news regarding injuries following the loss of starting pitcher Yu Darvish to Tommy John surgery and after a historic injury plagued campaign of 2014, the Texas Rangers have gotten word that Martin Perez will throw off a full mound for the first time this week.

Although team officials are still not expecting the young left-hander to return to the big leagues until after the All-Star break, this is obviously a very encouraging sign. Perez underwent the surgery on May 19th and given his estimated return date he will most likely return sometime around the 14th or 15th month recovery window. Although everyone’s timetable is slightly different, Rangers fans can expect a similar time frame on Darvish’s return. Given the long recovery time, it is significant that Darvish is undergoing the procedure now instead of waiting three to four months to see if he could forgo the operation altogether.

Before partially tearing his ulnar collateral ligament, Perez was showing very encouraging signs of developing into the big league pitcher that warranted him being named among  Baseball America’s top 100 prospects five years in a row (2008-2012). In eight starts for Texas last season, Perez held a 4-3 record with a 4.38 ERA. More importantly he was on pace to lower his hits allowed per game average and his FIP, fielding independent pitching (3.70), which measures a pitcher’s ability at preventing walks, home runs and hit batsman and causing strikeouts (for comparison sake, Perez would have ranked in the middle of all qualifying Major League starting pitchers).

It should be noted that prior to his season ending injury, Perez had three straight games in which he averaged six earned runs.  This comes on the heels of a stretch of two complete game shutouts and another game tossing eight scoreless innings. Was Perez trying to pitch through an injury which caused his decline or was he just going though a bad streak of pitching that coincided with the time he got hurt?

The three game stretch last April (3-0, 26 IP, 0 ER, 6 BB, 13 SO) should encourage the Rangers front office and give them a glimpse of what type of pitcher Perez can be once he returns from his injury. This week is just a small step in his recovery but as Fort Worth Star-Telegram Sports Writer Stefan Stevenson puts it, this is truly a “good sign”.

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Collin Budd
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Freelance writer covering the MLB since 2011. Senior Writer for Baseball Hot Corner. Lover of all things except spiders and those who believe a hot dog is not a sandwich.

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