Texas Rangers left-handed starter Martin Perez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list because of right elbow discomfort.
The Rangers made the move before Monday night’s series opener at Cleveland. Reliever Jose Leclerc was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock for his third big league stint this season.
Perez had arthroscopic surgery on his non-throwing elbow in December. He broke a bone in a fall after being spooked by a bull on his ranch in Venezuela.
Perez (2-3, 9.67 ERA) returned to Texas to have his elbow re-examined on Monday, a day after giving up four runs in four innings. The lefty allowed three home runs Sunday in a 7-2 loss at Toronto. He has given up multiple homers in three of his starts.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Sunday that Perez struggled to “keep his delivery together” in Sunday’s 7-2 loss to the Blue Jays, but Perez attributed some of his struggles to plate umpire Tim Timmons’ strike zone.
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It’s been a nightmarish start to the 2018 campaign for Perez; the 27-year-old lefty has been tattooed for a 9.67 ERA in 22 2/3 innings through five starts while posting a career-worst 4.8 BB/9 rate and watching his fastball velocity drop from 93.1 mph in 2017 to 91.8 mph in 2018. While the injury obviously isn’t in his throwing elbow — Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets that Rangers officials say Perez’s left elbow is not a concern — it’s still possible that the discomfort in his right elbow is impacting his mechanics and effectiveness. (Whether it’s related or not, Perez’s release point in 2018 is notably out of line with his career norms, per Brooks Baseball.)
Perez becomes the latest in a long line of Rangers regulars to land on the disabled list, where he’ll join Adrian Beltre, Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus. (Right-hander Doug Fister also missed some time on the DL but was recently activated.) With Perez on the shelf, Texas will utilize Cole Hamels, Mike Minor, Matt Moore, Bartolo Colon and Fister in the starting rotation.