Saturday, September 21, 2013
Buzz: Perez expects to make next start
By Todd Wills
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Left-hander Martin Perez had no swelling in his left forearm after getting hit by a line drive Friday night, allowing the Rangers to breathe a huge sigh of relief.
The 22-year-old Perez said he didn't feel any pain when lifting weights Saturday. He'll be ready to go for his next start Wednesday against the Houston Astros.
Perez fractured a bone in his left forearm during a spring training game in early March, which postponed the start to his season. This ball hit in a different place higher up on the muscle.
So it put a scare into him when it happened again Friday night.
"When I saw the ball come to me and felt the ball on my arm, I thought, 'Again?'" Perez said before Saturday's game.
Perez didn't come out of the game and was able to get out of the inning after the Royals put two runners on base. Perez was dealing with traffic on the bases all night, allowing seven hits and four walks.
Cotts rolls on: Reliever Neal Cotts starts Saturday with a 1.04 ERA, the lowest relief ERA in the major leagues. It's not something he's following.
"I don't pay attention," said Cotts, who has made the long journey back from Tommy John surgery. "I focus on what's going on here."
Cotts, pitching in the majors for the first time since 2009, would be a shoo-in for American League Comeback Player of the Year in any other season, but the award will likely go to Mariano Rivera, despite his seven blown saves this season.
Gentry in lineup: Rangers manager Ron Washington said he decided on the drive home from the ballpark that he would start Craig Gentry in left field.
It's the fourth different left field in four games for the Rangers. Gentry had four hits in the Rangers' 8-2 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Short hops: Alexi Ogando is good for around 80 pitches in Sunday's start against the Royals
The Rangers are averaging 3.31 runs in September.