Left-hander Martin Perez said he felt great the day after his first rehab start on Wednesday at Double A Frisco. He threw 45 pitches. It was his first game since Tommy John surgery in May 2014.
“My arm is good, my body is good,” he said. “It was real nice, no pain. Felt like a new arm.”
Perez said he’ll throw a bullpen session for Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux before Saturday’s game at Globe Life Park and then make his second rehab start on Tuesday at Triple A Round Rock. He looked in fine form Wednesday, but needs to refine his curve ball.
“I feel positive,” he said. “I just want to go step by step and be 100 percent when they call me.”
Perez is expected to join the Rangers roster before the All-Star break.
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