Martin Perez decided that having Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, rather than trying to non-surgically rehab a partial tear in his UCL ligament in his left elbow, is the best route for him and the Texas Rangers.
Perez announced that he would have Tommy John surgery on Saturday afternoon. The procedure will take place on Monday and be performed by team physician Keith Meister.
“I think it’s the best decision for me now,” Perez said. “I’m young and I just want to go out for one year and come back next year. It’s not an easy decision for me.”
The Rangers knew Perez was leaning towards the surgery and formalized it during a meeting Saturday. Perez will be out at least 12-14 months and is hopeful to return in the middle of next season.
Perez, 23, ends his 2014 season by going 4-3 with a 4.38 ERA over eight starts. He got off to an impressive start, tossing two complete-game shutouts and earning player of the month honors for April.
But he lost his final three starts, compiling a 12.83 ERA over that stretch, and complained of elbow discomfort after his last start May 10 vs. Boston.
Perez joins a long list of big leaguers who have required Tommy John surgery this season, including Rangers left-hander Pedro Figueroa.
Perez said he discussed the surgery with other Tommy John pitchers on the team such as Colby Lewis and Joakim Soria, and is getting mentally prepared for the grueling rehab process.
“They told me it wasn’t easy, but if you’re strong in your mind, you can go and do what you have to do,” Perez said. “I know I’ll be all right because I know what I have to do.
“I promise you guys that I’m going to be better and I’m going to be strong.”