UPDATE: Monday, Mar. 4, at 11:54 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson has the latest on Martin Perez:
Martin Perez wearing only a temporary splint, not traditional plaster cast. Ulna bone is cracked. Not a displaced fracture. #rangers— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) March 4, 2013
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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
The Rangers then issued a press release on their official website, detailing more information regarding the nature and context of the injury:
Texas Rangers lefthander Martin Perez was knocked out of Sunday's game versus the Seattle Mariners in the 6th inning when he was struck above the left wrist by a line drive off the bat of second baseman Brad Miller.
Perez was taken for X-rays at Del Webb Medical Center in Surprise. The X-rays revealed a fracture of the ulna bone in his left forearm.
Perez is not expected to resume a throwing program for approximately four weeks while the fracture heals. In the interim, he will be able to maintain left shoulder and cardiovascular conditioning program.
Perez was gunning to be the Rangers' fifth pitcher for the season. He wasn't doing anything to hurt his chances, either, pitching two perfect innings and throwing 16 of his 27 pitches for strikes. These are the kinds of numbers he was hoping to establish with consistency to improve upon his 2012 season.
Opponents batted .297 against Perez in 2012, but the 21-year-old had seemingly improved greatly over the offseason to be in strong contention for the fifth spot.
That was until the injury, which came in just Perez's second game of the spring.
Injuries to Kyle McClellan and a poor outing from Justin Grimm had given the Venezuelan native a real chance at the last spot in the starting rotation, though there is now a real possibility that he gives up some ground on that position. The injury obviously won't derail his chances entirely, but it has no doubt put a damper on what was quickly becoming a very successful offseason for Perez.
He'll likely return by the end of March, according to the team's statement. Depending on the timing and recovery, Texas could see him back in the rotation for the start of the season.
The Rangers' first game is against the Houston Astros on March 31.
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