Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/15/12

Attention Texas Rangers prospects: Don't let your high profile go to your head.

It won't guarantee you a call-up.

With the Rangers in need of a starting pitcher for Saturday's game against Houston, the team opted to go with Class AA right-hander Justin Grimm, who has been outstanding this season, rather than the organization's more-hyped No. 1 prospect, left-hander Martin Perez.

Perez, 21, is on the 40-man roster and would make for an easier call-up than Grimm, who is not.

"We've shown we're going to put the best guys out there if we feel they're ready to help us win," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We're trying to put our best foot forward and win games. We wouldn't call up Justin if we didn't think he could help us."

Grimm, 23, was 8-3 with a 1.87 ERA in 77 innings for Frisco. He had walked just 14 while striking out 67.

Perez is 3-5 with a 5.40 ERA in 68 innings for Class AAA Round Rock. He has allowed 31 walks while striking out 40. After three consecutive poor outings in which Perez failed to make it through the fifth inning, minor league pitching coordinator Danny Clark visited with him to outline a preparation plan.

The Rangers will create a spot for Grimm on the 25-man roster by placing Koji Uehara on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle. Uehara suffered the injury Saturday at San Francisco. He joins RHP Alexi Ogando as key members of the bullpen on the DL.

Daniels said Uehara is unlikely to resume throwing for two weeks, but the timetable was uncertain.

The back end of the Texas rotation remained a problem Thursday when Scott Feldman lost his sixth consecutive start in an 11-3 defeat against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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