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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Rangers Injury Update: Martin Perez, Matt Harrison

By on 9/30/2014 03:00:00 PM

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez expects to start throwing again in November, reports Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Wilson adds that fellow starting pitcher Matt Harrison will resume his throwing program in January:

Perez underwent Tommy John surgery in May to repair a partially torn UCL ligament in his left elbow. If everything goes well with Perez's recovery, he could rejoin the Texas rotation around June of 2015.

Before the injury, Perez looked fantastic in his first five starts, but was shelled in his final three, indicating something was wrong. Overall, the 23-year-old has a 4.13 ERA (4.09 FIP) in 34 career major league starts.

Harrison's future is even less certain, as he has only been able to make six starts over the past two seasons due to back injuries. The 29-year-old underwent spinal fusion surgery in June, which can certainly be career-threatening.

The Rangers will hope Harrison can return healthy, as he posted strong seasons in 2011 and 2012. Overall, Harrison has a 4.15 ERA (4.31 FIP) in 100 career starts.

Texas was absolutely decimated by injuries in 2014 and finished 67-95. The Rangers have the talent to bounce back quickly, but will need players like Perez to return at full strength.

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