ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas Rangers left-hander Martin Perez said he felt fine physically after a rocky start Saturday night against the Boston Red Sox.
Apparently that wasn’t the case.
Perez, who is 0-3 with a 12.53 ERA over his last three outings, told the team he had some discomfort in his left arm. An MRI on his left elbow showed inflammation and he’ll miss at least one start and a trip to the disabled list is likely.
Perez, who will not travel with the team to Houston, said he was hoping to avoid a DL trip.
"I just felt it last night," Perez said. "I just want to miss one start and get ready for the next one. It was a little inflammation. That’s why I was too tight. I’ll feel all right."
The Perez injury has forced the Rangers to shuffle the rotation once again. Texas will push Yu Darvish back from his Wednesday start to Friday. Nick Tepesch, who has been dominant for Triple A Round Rock this this season, will make a start for the Rangers Wednesday at Houston.
Perez (4-3) had consecutive shutouts in April but over his last three outings he’s given up 19 runs in just 13 1/3 innings of work. Saturday he was touched for six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings of work and also walked four batters.
According to Elias, Perez is just the second pitcher in baseball’s modern era to follow up three consecutive scoreless starts with three outings of allowing as many runs as innings pitched.
Tepesch, who was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday, is 6-1 with a 1.58 ERA in seven starts for Round Rock this season. He’ll be the ninth starter used by the Rangers this season.
Because of the injury concerns over Perez and the addition of Texas, the Rangers will follow Darvish in their series next weekend against Toronto with Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison.