A pair of injured left-handers found their way to the Surprise Recreation Campus as they try to find a path back to the Texas Rangers’ rotation, and Martin Perez and Matt Harrison each said he continues to enjoy good health.
Perez, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May, is throwing every day and has reached 120 feet in his throwing program. He expects to throw off flat ground next week, mixing in some changeups, and is ahead of schedule.
He doesn’t know how hard he is throwing, and velocity isn’t a concern at this point. But he is encouraged by the work he is doing.
“I feel like the ball is going fast,” Perez said. “I’m doing good. I’m throwing every day again. I just want to do everything good, take my time and come back and help my team.”
The Rangers expect Perez to return in July. They hope Harrison can be back in late May after having spinal fusion surgery June 3, and he has three weeks left on his throwing program before he will throw off a mound.
He has done some dry throws off a mound as well as throwing off flat ground.
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