Monday, March 4, 2013
Injuries: Martin Perez maintains focus
By Ron Matejko
SURPRISE, Ariz.--If attitude counts for anything, Texas Rangers left-hander Martin Perez should progress just fine during his recovery from the fractured ulna bone in his left forearm he suffered during Sunday's game against Seattle.
Perez was knocked out of the game in the sixth inning when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of second baseman Brad Miller. The 21-year old is not expected to resume a throwing program for approximately four weeks while he heals. In the interim, he will be able to maintain a left shoulder and cardiovascular program.
"It's hard for me because this is the first time it's happened to me in my life (being injured)," Perez said.
"I have to be ready for the situation up here," he said while pointing to his head.
Perez said he has to keep the wrist mobilized for two weeks before beginning the first step of his recovery. Considering he can't throw for up to a month, and then, according to Perez, will need another 3-4 weeks to return to form, a return to the Rangers may not happen until early May.
"I'll do whatever they tell me I have to do," Perez said. "I just want to be focused to be ready in a couple of months and help the team."
The injury couldn't have happened at a worse time for Perez, who was pitching well this spring and putting himself in position as a top candidate for the open fifth slot in the Rangers starting rotation.
During his two spring appearances, Perez displayed a consistent ability to keep the ball down in the strike zone, as well as a new found success against right-handers.
Last season, the left-hander struggled against righties, who hit .324 against him in 108 at-bats. He also struggled against right-handers at Triple-A Round Rock, where righties hit nine of the 10 home runs he allowed.
This spring, he retired the first seven righties he faced.
Perez will likely have to wait until May to pick up where he left off.
"I thought he was throwing the ball well but those things happen in the game," said manager Ron Washington. "I think when you get time at the major league level and you compete the way he competed, you begin to believe you can (perform well).
"Once you get that feeling inside of you, then maturity does begin to show. You have to see confidence before success begins to show and I think what you are seeing is confidence."
Other injury notes:
3B Adrian Beltre will make his spring debut Monday after missing the first 10 Cactus League games with a sore right calf.
OF Engel Beltre will start a second consecutive game after returning Sunday from a sore shoulder. Rangers staff will speak with Beltre after Monday's game to determine if he is ready to leave camp and join Spain for the World Baseball Classic.
Colby Lewis (surgery -- torn flexor tendon) is scheduled to throw his second bullpen session Wednesday.
RHP Neftali Feliz (Tommy John surgery) is scheduled to throw out to 75 feet for the first time.
RHP Yoshinori Tateyama (lower-back stiffness) and RHP Tanner Scheppers (mild right hamstring tightness) are scheduled to pitch in Wednesday's 'B' game against the Chicago Cubs.
C Eli Whiteside is sidelined with a mild left calf strain.
RHP Kyle McClellan (right shoulder soreness) will throw a bullpen session Thursday.
RHP Wilmer Font (right biceps tendonitis) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday.
RHP Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) and Ramon Mendez (right elbow surgery -- stress fracture) will throw a bullpen session Monday.