The Texas Rangers announced that left-handed starting
pitcher Martin Perez will be sidelined for at least two months after suffering
a broken left arm during yesterday’s spring training contest, according to T.R.Sullivan of MLB.com.
Perez was hit above the wrist by a line drive off Seattle
Mariners second baseman Brad Miller in the 6th inning of Sunday’s
contest. He was taken to a local hospital for X-rays which revealed a fracture in
his left forearm.
Perez was one of the favorites to break camp as the Rangers’
No. 5 starter. Due to the injury, the club could consider acquiring a pitcher
from outside the organization, such as right-hander Kyle Lohse. However,
general manager Jon Daniels told reporters yesterday that he expects “to go internally.”
"I feel for Martin -- he looked like he's figuring something
out," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He'll bounce back. ... We'll
look around at external options, but I expect to go internally at this point.
Knock on wood -- hope to get both Colby [Lewis] and Martin back a month into
the season, give or take."
Sullivan mentions that left-hander Robbie Ross and
right-hander Randy Wells are the two best internal candidates for the
fifth-starter spot. Kyle McClellan figured to get a shot, but he’s been
hampered by injuries. Justin Grimm was another name that was mentioned entering
spring training, while Sullivan lists Nate Robertson as a “mystery candidate.”
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