Rangers left-hander Martin Perez made his first rehab start Tuesday night since Tommy John surgery. Perez looked sharp in 2 2/3 innings with Double A Frisco at Dr Pepper Ballpark
He threw 45 pitches (33 strikes), the maximum the club wanted him to throw in his first game. He’s expected to throw four innings or 60 pitches Monday at Triple A Round Rock. He’ll throw a bullpen session in front of Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux at Globe Life Park on Friday.
Perez allowed five hits in 2 2/3 innings, which included a broken bat blooper to shallow center field and a line drive that probably should have been caught but flew over center fielder Nick Williams’ head. Perez was charged with one run. He struck out four and walked none.
“I feel good. I think I threw a lot of strikes. Tried to work on my curve,” Perez said. “So far, so good. The most important thing is my arm feels good and that’s how I want it to feel.”
After throwing mostly fastballs in the first inning, topping out at 94 mph, Perez switched to breaking balls exclusively in the second to work on controlling his sinker and changeup.
Perez says he hopes to be back with the Rangers before the All-Star break.
“I feel happy to be back and doing my job and help my team,” Perez said. “My focus now is finishing my rehab assignment and when they make the decision I just want to be ready.”
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