Rangers lose Martin Perez to fractured forearm
Rangers lefty Martin Perez, who had been in line to claim the fifth starter's job, is out until May after fracturing his forearm.
Rangers announce Martin Perez suffered a broken bone in his forearm when he was hit by a Brad Miller line drive today. Won't throw for 4 wks— DKnobler (@DKnobler) March 4, 2013
It's a fractured ulna bone in his throwing forearm, and he's not going to be in game shape until May at the earliest.
The 21-year-old Perez has a 5.45 ERA in 38 innings at the major-league level. Across parts of five minor-league seasons, he's pitched to a 4.23 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 2.03 K/BB ratio. Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus recently ranked Perez as the third-best prospect in the Rangers system and tabbed him as a future No. 3 starter in the bigs.
In related matters, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman wonders whether the injury to Perez will cause the Rangers to considering making an offer to free-agent right-hander Kyle Lohse.
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