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Report: Martin Perez will have Tommy John surgery

May 15, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

Martin Perez AP AP

The Rangers announced yesterday that left-hander Martin Perez was diagnosed with a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. According to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, Martin told Venezuelan publication Lavinotinto that he will join the long list of pitchers to have Tommy John surgery this year:

According to Marcus Grunfeld of the publication, Perez said he and his agent will decide on Friday when to have the surgery to repair a partially torn ligament.

Perez also had the option of trying to return after a rehabilitation period of 10 to 12 weeks.

“Having an operation is the most convenient thing,” Perez said, according to Lavinotinto.

Perez, who signed a four-year, $12.5 million extension over the winter, figures to be sidelined through the early part of the 2015 season. Matt Harrison has a displacement of a verterba in his back and is no sure thing to even pitch again, so the Rangers continue to face big challenges in their starting rotation. On the positive side of things, Nick Tepesch pitched well yesterday against the Astros and Derek Holland is getting closer to returning from knee surgery.

  1. missthemexpos - May 15, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Parents, forget about sports,have your kids thinking about a medical career, specializing in Tommy John surgery, they will do well.

  2. spytdi - May 15, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Last source to break this news? Hope you guys have a better day job.

    • paperlions - May 15, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      This is a blog, not a news source.

      • youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - May 16, 2014 at 5:04 AM

        Actually, while it may not be a news source officially, they do market it as such (the link at the top of this page even says “GET ALL YOUR HARDBALL TALK NEWS IN THE NBSC SPORTS TALK IPAD APP” which is an NBC fed link). If I advertise my ’83 Yugo as a sports car, it won’t make it a sports car, but it does afford you the right to criticize my misrepresentation of it. In as much, SPYTDI’s criticism has merit.

      • paperlions - May 16, 2014 at 7:08 AM

        Except that they don’t break news. It is a blog, they link to news and stories and provide additional comments or opinions about the stories. By definition, somewhere else with report pretty much everything before it is reported here.

        The goal on a blog is to provide commentary, not to be first.

      • dan1111 - May 16, 2014 at 6:06 AM

        @youknow, you can get all of your baseball news from this blog. That is not false advertising. However, it is delivered in a blog format. Personally, I don’t mind that this post occurred less than 2 hours after the linked news article, and I suspect that hardly anyone else does either. Anyone who does mind is free to consume news in a different format.

  3. Caught Looking - May 15, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    How many do they need for a group rate?

  4. miguelcairo - May 15, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    This is getting old.

  5. moogro - May 15, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    These pitcher have GoT to stop throwing so hard.


  6. paperlions - May 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Jeez….this is getting so bad that as I sit hear watching Betances pitch, I keep expecting his arm to come off at the elbow and fly farther than he throws the ball…kind of like when the bat shatters and the ball dribbles 50 ft and the bat head flies into the OF.

  7. asimonetti88 - May 15, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    he must have thrown a 194 pitch outing in high school.

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