According to Rangers Assistant GM Thad Levine, 21-year old Martín Pérez will be inactive for 3-4 weeks. This news comes after x-rays revealed a fractured ulna bone in Pérez’s left forearm after being hit by a line drive in today’s Spring Training game against the Mariners.
Mar 3, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Martin Perez (right) is checked out by a trainer after being hit by a line drive back at the mound by Seattle Mariners shortstop Brad Miller (not pictured) during the sixth inning at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
This is an misfortunate turn of events for Pérez, whom was competing for the No. 5 spot in the Texas rotation. Pérez will obviously miss an extended period of time as he also needs time to rehab his pitching arm after he is cleared to resume throwing in 3-4 weeks.
Following Pérez’s injury, many media pundits already began pointing to the obvious conclusion of the Rangers now being in on Free Agent starter, Kyle Lohse. But based on Lohse’s likely demands after a career year, and the Rangers’ track record of an unwillingness to make desperation moves, I think that the Rangers will continue to look at internal options to fill the No. 5 spot in the rotation.