Martin Perez is leaning toward having season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
He has yet to inform the Texas Rangers of a final decision and they plan to discuss the issue on Friday, general manager Jon Daniels said.
If Perez follows through with the surgery, the recovery process typically takes 12-14 months, which would put him in line to return in the middle of next season.
Perez, 23, was diagnosed Wednesday with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He was presented with a couple of options, either having Tommy John surgery or going a nonsurgical route that would have him receiving a Platelet Rich Plasma injection and rehabbing for the next 8-12 weeks, if successful.
If that didn’t work out, Perez would then have Tommy John and begin the 12-14-month process.
Perez informed club officials of discomfort in his left elbow after his start against Boston on Saturday. It was his third straight poor outing after tossing a pair of complete-game shutouts.