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Injuries: Martin Perez maintains focus

March, 4, 2013
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12:24
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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.

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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.

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"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.
  • Injuries: Colby Lewis to throw bullpen session

    March, 1, 2013
    3/01/13
    11:49
    AM CT
    SURPRISE, Ariz. -- RHP Colby Lewis is reaching another milestone today in his recovery from mid-season elbow surgery, as he is scheduled to throw a 25-pitch bullpen session for the first time.

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    The Rangers have been cautious and conservative with their advancement toward this moment and manager Ron Washington even indicated earlier in the week that the right-hander is even a little bit ahead of schedule. However, that does not indicate Lewis will return to the rotation earlier than expected.

    "Won't happen" Washington emphatically stated. "The last time I saw him in the bullpen, he had a tremendous stroke, his stroke was the same as before he got hurt. I'm just looking for him to maintain that stroke, and if he does then I know everything is working out fine."

    Other injury notes:

  • OF Nelson Cruz was sent to an area hospital this morning to undergo a battery of tests to determine if the discomfort he reported in his chest is anything more serious than a muscle strain.

  • OF Engel Beltre continues to show improvement from a sore shoulder and will test the injury today in the batting cage. The results of that session may determine if he can represent Spain in the World Baseball Classic. Beltre is scheduled to leave the Rangers on Sunday, so the team would likely have to offer a definitive answer by tomorrow.

  • RHP Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) and Ramon Mendez (right elbow surgery - stress fracture) will throw a bullpen session Friday.

  • 3B Adrian Beltre continues his recovery from a sore calf and is getting closer to a return.

  • OF Joey Butler (lower back stiffness) and OF Craig Gentry (hamstring tightness) are improving and could see playing time this weekend.

  • RHP Tanner Scheppers (tight left hamstring) and RHP Yoshinori Tateyama (back stiffness) will both throw a bullpen session today.

  • C Eli Whiteside is sidelined with a mild left calf strain.

  • RHP Kyle McClellan (right shoulder soreness) will advance from long toss to throwing off a half mound today.
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    TEAM LEADERS

    WINS LEADER
    Colby Lewis
    WINS ERA SO IP
    10 5.12 123 158
    OTHER LEADERS
    BAA. Beltre .325
    HRA. Beltre 18
    RBIA. Beltre 71
    RA. Beltre 74
    OPSA. Beltre .880
    ERAC. Lewis 5.12
    SOY. Darvish 182