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Rangers receive some grim news on Martin Perez and Matt Harrison

May 14, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

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The Rangers have been snakebitten by injuries this year and the bad news keeps on piling up. The team placed starter Martin Perez on the disabled list with elbow discomfort earlier. Starter Matt Harrison returned from the disabled list on April 27 after dealing with back problems, but gave up three runs in 1 2/3 innings on Tuesday. The Rangers have placed Harrison on the disabled list again and recalled right-hander Miles Mikolas from Triple-A Round Rock to take his place on the roster. Nick Tepesch was called up from Round Rock to take Perez’s spot as well.

Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports that Perez has a partially torn UCL, which may require Tommy John surgery. Harrison has a displacement of a vertebra in his back along with significant nerve irritation. He can either deal with the discomfort or undergo spinal fusion surgery, which could possibly end his career.

You can’t say it any better than Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest did:

  1. rbj1 - May 14, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    At this point, we might just as well assume Tommy John surgery unless the report says it’s a different injury.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 14, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    More gloom, despair and agony.

  3. markofapro - May 14, 2014 at 7:50 PM


  4. [citation needed] fka COPO - May 14, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Jesus spinal fusion surgery, what kind of rehab/recovery does that involve?

    • theuncletodd - May 14, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      not sure on the Jesus spinal thingy, but by all accounts, the Rangers are F’d

    • doctornature - May 14, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      I believe it involves inserting a metal plate over the vertebrae and screwing it on permanently. I had 2 friends who both had this done. They are pool players, like me, and were playing pool within 2 months, but pool is a far cry from throwing a fastball 94 mph…so I really don’t know about rehab time either.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 14, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        Yeah my M-I-L had it on her upper neck 10+ years ago and still has significant range of motion issues. But she’s also not a professional athlete.

  5. janessa31888 - May 14, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Man, this is getting depressing. Has someone put a jinx on pitchers this year? Maybe a disgruntled PFT commenter who didn’t like Craigs tongue in cheek column about the death of football? They don’t have great senses of humorous over there.

    • Jack Marshall - May 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      It’s Bobby Valentine’s fault…

  6. doctornature - May 14, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    In other news, hospitals are now offering TJ surgery at birth, pairing it with circumcision and giving a bundle discount.

    • whatacrocker - May 14, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      Sandy Koufax would like more info…

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