Texas Rangers: Rafael Perez

Injuries: Colby Lewis to pitch one inning

March, 3, 2014
Mar 3
10:56
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Unlike the rest of the starting pitchers, Colby Lewis will throw just one inning in his first Cactus League start today. Rangers manager Ron Washington said that's by design as the club slowly gets Lewis ready for the season following his hip surgery last year.

"We want Colby to be here all year," Washington said. "We'll ramp him up how feel he should be ramped up."

And that's cautiously. The Rangers don't want to take any chances with Lewis, who has been throwing well and feeling good this camp.

Other injury updates:

* RF Shin-Soo Choo is in the lineup today after dealing with what the club described as "spring training arm."

* SS Elvis Andrus (flexor tendinitis) is playing catch.

* LHP Matt Harrison (back) is scheduled to throw off a half-mound today.

* RHP Rafael Perez (hamstring strain) is expected to pitch an inning in Tuesday's Cactus League game.

* RHP Nick Tepesch (back) is scheduled to pitch two innings today.

* RHP Miles Mikolas (sore elbow) is progressing in throwing program
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* RHP Shawn Tolleson (sore back) is progressing in throwing program.

Injuries: Matt Harrison making progress

March, 2, 2014
Mar 2
10:45
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers left-handed starter Matt Harrison completed a long toss session Saturday with no issues, throwing as far as 250 feet. His next task: throwing off a half-mound. He'll do that on the back fields Monday and then continue to progress until he can pitch in a Cactus League game.

There's no set timetable for that at this point.

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"I feel good," Harrison said. "I just have to keep going. I feel like my arm is strong."

Other injuries:

* LF Shin-Soo Choo is not in the lineup because of what assistant GM Thad Levine called "spring training arm." Choo's triceps muscle is a little sore, so he's listed as day-to-day. The club does not believe it's serious. Read more here.

* RHP Rafael Perez (hamstring strain) is expected to throw a live batting practice Sunday.

* RHP Tanner Scheppers (back tightness) is scheduled to throw two innings in Sunday's Cactus League game against the White Sox.

* RHP Nick Tepesch (back tightness) is scheduled to throw Monday in a Cactus League game.

* OF Leonys Martin (back tightness) was cleared for baseball activities, but is not in the lineup Sunday.

* 2B Jurickson Profar (shoulder tendinitis) threw to bases Saturday and has not had any setbacks as he continues to progress. He isn't quite ready to play second base in games yet.

Rangers agree to deal with lefty Perez

January, 18, 2014
Jan 18
2:55
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The Rangers agreed to terms Saturday with left-handed pitcher Rafael Perez on a minor league contract for 2014 with an invitation to spring training.

Perez, 31, pitched for minor league affiliates in the Minnesota and Boston organizations last season, going a combined 3-2 with six saves and a 2.60 ERA over 29 relief appearances with Rochester (AAA) and Portland (AA). He hasn’t appeared in the majors since left shoulder surgery in September of 2012.

Perez is 21-12 record with three saves and a 3.64 ERA over 338 career appearances in the major leagues, all in relief with Cleveland from 2006-12. He made at least 70 appearances for the Indians in three of four years from 2008-11, and his 71 games pitched in 2011 were tied for second in the American League. He also had six postseason outings for the Indians in 2007.

Nelson Cruz can relate to Albert Pujols blast

October, 23, 2011
10/23/11
10:00
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers say 15 players in the history of Rangers Ballpark have reached the club-level seating in left field, essentially the second deck perched above and pushed back beyond the bleacher seats.

Technically, Albert Pujols is not one of the 15. The St. Louis Cardinals slugger launched a blast approximately 431 feet (according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker) that banged off the cement facade of the club level. The three-run home run in the fifth inning came at the expense of Alexi Ogando and his 96 mph fastball.

"I saw the replay, he hit the wall," Rangers left-fielder Nelson Cruz said, meaning the facade. "If there's one player who can get it there, it's Pujols."

So can Cruz, who is one of the 15. He crushed a home run into the club level in April, 2009 against Cleveland Indians left-hander Rafael Perez.

The massive Pujols blast put the Cardinals back in front by five runs, 11-6, after Texas had closed to 8-6 in the fourth inning. Pujols then hit two more home runs to join Babe Ruth (who did it twice) and Reggie Jackson as the only players in baseball history to hit three home run in one World Series game.

Cruz hit an opposite-field homer in the fourth inning with a runner on. It was seventh home run of the postseason and first of the World Series.

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