Rangers' pitching duo of Perez, Harrison sidelined by major injuries
MAY 14, 2014 6:55p ET
And that could be the best-case scenario.
Perez was diagnosed with a partial tear of the UCL in his left elbow. He is weighing his options with a non-surgical option bringing him back later this year. The team is looking into those options. He could also have Tommy John surgery which would cost him all of this season and likely part of the 2015 season.
Perez allowed six runs and 14 runners (nine hits, four walks and a hit batter) in 3 2/3 innings of an 8-3 loss to Boston on Saturday night, and reported discomfort in his elbow the following day. Since the end of his 26-inning scoreless streak over three games, Perez (4-3) has given up 19 runs over 13 1/3 innings in his past three games.
Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister diagnosed the partial tear for Perez. Dr. James Andrews also reviewed the MRI and agreed that was the issue.
The Perez news is actually the good news; the bad news is that Harrison's playing career is now in jeopardy.
Harrison, who had a pair of back surgeries last season and made just two starts in 2013, was diagnosed with significant nerve irritation in his back. The irritation was one of the possible outcomes associated with the surgeries Harrison had on his back last year.
Harrison was examined Wednesday by Dr. Drew Dossett, who did the two operations last year. The specific area of Harrison's back for this injury is the L5-S1 spondylolisthesis.
"Just the sheer number of injuries we've had it's startling," Texas general manager Jon Daniels said. "We've had a combination of everything. It is what it is. Nobody's crying for us. We've got other guys stepping in. You feel for the players."
Harrison, who will have an injection in his back Friday, could try and play through the pain and rehab it to a degree. The second option is spinal fusion surgery, which would put his career in jeopardy.
"There have been some players that have returned to the major-league level after having it (surgery)," Daniels said. "But it's definitely a more involved surgery and the chances of him coming back are lesser than some of the other more traditional baseball surgeries. If he did opt to have the surgery, he'd be out for the year with a chance to rehab and come in and compete in spring training."
Daniels stopped short of saying the Harrison injury is career threatening because he has only talked with Dossett about it once.
"The facts are there aren't a lot of guys that have had this and come back successfully," Daniels said. "I feel for Matt. Obviously it's a blow to the club. He worked extremely hard to come back from surgery and has done everything by the book and then some."
Harrison, who has one win since signing a five year $55-million deal before the 2013 season, came out of his Tuesday start with back stiffness that included weakness and a tingling sensation in his left leg.
The Rangers will move right-hander Nick Martinez from the bullpen to take the rotation spot of Harrison, putting the new Texas rotation at Yu Darvish, Robbie Ross, Nick Tepesch, Colby Lewis and Martinez.
Texas put Harrison on the 15-day disabled list and called up right-hander Miles Mikolas from Triple-A Round Rock.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.