Rangers’ Perez hurts non-throwing elbow in mishap with bull

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez throws to the Baltimore Orioles in the second inning of a baseball game in Baltimore, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers left-hander Martin Perez broke his non-pitching elbow in a mishap with a bull and is likely to miss the start of the season.

Perez had surgery Monday in Dallas and is expected to start throwing in about a month. The Rangers said Tuesday the 26-year-old is expected to be sidelined from games until mid-April, putting him on track for a possible return to the major leagues by May 1.

The injury occurred on Perez’s ranch in his native Venezuela. General manager Jon Daniels said Perez told him he was startled by a bull and fell on the elbow.

Perez was 13-12 with a 4.82 ERA in a team-high 32 starts. After missing most of the 2014 and 2015 seasons because of reconstructive surgery on his left elbow, Perez has led the Rangers in starts each of the past two seasons.

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