HOUSTON — Martin Perez is headed to the disabled list with left elbow inflammation.The Rangers made the move to clear a spot on the active roster for tonight’s starter Nick Tepesch. They also brought in a fresh arm for the bullpen, purchasing the contract of right-hander Scott Baker and designating Justin Germano for assignment.There is no update on Matt Harrison yet. Harrison left Tuesday’s game with back stiffness and is scheduled to meet with back specialist Drew Dossett at some point today in Dallas.Perez complained of left elbow discomfort after his start on Saturday and an MRI revealed that he had some inflammation in that area. He was hoping to miss only one start but, as they tend to do, the Rangers are playing it safe on the injury front.Perez had been 0-3 with a 12.83 ERA over his last three starts. This marks his second stint on the DL, as he began last season on it with a broken left wrist he suffered on a comebacker in spring training.Tepesch, meanwhile, will make his 2014 debut tonight after going 6-1 with a 1.58 ERA in seven starts at Triple A Round Rock. He was the Rangers’ fifth starter most of last season, going 4-6 with a 4.84 ERA over 19 games, including 17 starts.The Rangers brought back Baker, who allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings against the Rockies on May 7 and was designated for assignment the following day. Baker cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Round Rock, but has yet to pitch since his Rangers debut.Germano became expendable after allowing five runs over 3 1/3 innings on Tuesday. He would have been down for a few days and the Rangers are in need of fresh arms with the inconsistency of the rotation of late.The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release or outright Germano to the minor leagues.
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