8:57pm: For the time being, Perez has been diagnosed only with inflation, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News was among those to tweet.
2:26pm: The Rangers announced Monday that left-hander Martin Perez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to “continued discomfort in his right elbow” and has left the team to travel back to Texas for a more in-depth exam with Dr. Keith Meister. Righty Jose Leclerc was recalled in his place.
While the loss of Perez for the time being thins out the rotation, the silver lining for the organization is likely that the issue is confined to Perez’s non-pitching elbow. That certainly doesn’t preclude an extended absence, particularly given that Perez underwent offseason surgery to repair a fracture in that right elbow and opened the year on the disabled list as a result.
It’s been a nightmarish start to the 2018 campaign for Perez; the 27-year-old lefty has been tattooed for a 9.67 ERA in 22 2/3 innings through five starts while posting a career-worst 4.8 BB/9 rate and watching his fastball velocity drop from 93.1 mph in 2017 to 91.8 mph in 2018. While the injury obviously isn’t in his throwing elbow — Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets that Rangers officials say Perez’s left elbow is not a concern — it’s still possible that the discomfort in his right elbow is impacting his mechanics and effectiveness. (Whether it’s related or not, Perez’s release point in 2018 is notably out of line with his career norms, per Brooks Baseball.)
Perez becomes the latest in a long line of Rangers regulars to land on the disabled list, where he’ll join Adrian Beltre, Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus. (Right-hander Doug Fister also missed some time on the DL but was recently activated.) With Perez on the shelf, Texas will utilize Cole Hamels, Mike Minor, Matt Moore, Bartolo Colon and Fister in the starting rotation.
Fire Jon Daniels
I’m still unclear how he was able to get back on the field so quickly. He originally was going to miss until May if I remember correctly. I applaud his grit and his will to get back out there, but he needs to have this completely sorted out. Yet another reason to fire Jon Daniels.
Give it a rest. Who’d replace JD who’s actually wants the job and would be an improvement? Ed Wade? I figure that’s you, Ed hiding behind this account.
It’s not like he was good before
Living off the Texiera trade
Oh I meant Perez
Who wants to be a GM? Only about 5,000 baseball “experts.”
The Adrian Beltre
Ol’ Marteen, suffering from a swollen ERA and WHIP lash again…
Yes, injuries often make pitchers ineffective.
It would be nice, if Texas stays out of the pennant race, if they could ship Adrian Beltre somewhere where he could possibly win a championship. This might be his last season and the future Hall-of-Famer should get a chance at a ring.
It’s Tank season for the Rangers. It started when they backstabbed Nolan Ryan. It’s called Karma. Daniels needs to be fired ASAP!!!! Let’s admit to a total rebuild and let Hamels and Beltre be free and go find them a championship type team to play on. And while we’re rebuilding go ahead and let the t-ball teams in the area play would be more exciting than what’s out there now
Hm I can tell by your name that you have a completely valid and unbiased opinion