The Texas Rangers suffered a pair of huge blows to their starting rotation Wednesday with the possibility of left-handers Martin Perez and Matt Harrison lost for the season.
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.
The two losses to the rotation just add to a growing number of injuries suffered by the Rangers this season from Derek Holland’s dog accident to Joseph Ortiz‘s getting run over by a motorcycle.
"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.