Not so fast, Martin Perez.
A day after the Rangers left-hander said he felt great after his first rehab start Wednesday in Frisco, Perez was shelved for a week with tightness in his left groin.
Perez said he felt the tightness in the second inning. He was scheduled to throw a bullpen session in front of Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux on Saturday. His 30-day rehab assignment is on hold while he’s shut down for the week. He looked good during his 45-pitch first outing since having Tommy John surgery in May of 2014.
Perez was scheduled to throw his second start for Triple A Round Rock on Tuesday with hopes of returning to the Rangers’ rotation before the All-Star break. His return to the big leagues now appears more likely to be after the July break.
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Perez downplayed the setback.
“It doesn’t matter. I’ve waited a year and one month. It’s one more week,” he said. “I want to be healthy.”
Injured outfielder Josh Hamilton said he feels better while he gets treatment on his left hamstring. He’s expected to be out for a couple more weeks. He’s been running on a treadmill but hasn’t started swinging a bat.
“I’m feeling a lot better,” he said. “The tightness has subsided and right now it’s just general soreness in both hamstrings because I’m working both of them.”
Hamilton said the biggest sign of an improvement was getting in and out of his car with no pain.
He doesn’t like watching Rangers’ road games on television or even from the dugout. The desire to play, he said, makes watching tormenting.
“It’s hard for me to watch in person. I look at the updates and check on what they do,” he said. “I follow them, send them texts encouraging them.”
Double for Moreland
Mitch Moreland’s two-run, go-ahead line drive to deep center field in the eighth inning Friday was ruled a double a day after the official scorer ruled it an error on Twins center fielder A.J. Hicks.
The ball hit Hicks’ glove as attempted to make an over the shoulder catch while running backwards. The ball was well hit but after watching replays it appeared that Hicks was under it and should have made the catch, eliciting the E8.
Two runs scored, giving the Rangers a 4-2 lead. Moreland has been credited with two RBI and all fours runs scored in the inning are now earned and charged to Twins pitchers.
Left-hander Matt Harrison (spinal fusion surgery) is scheduled to make his third rehab start today for Triple A Round Rock in Memphis. Harrison expects to throw 100 pitches. He threw 86 in his last start Monday. Harrison worked with pitching coach Brad Holman to adjust his legs in his delivery.
“It went well,” Harrison said. “I made a big jump in my velocity. I could tell a huge difference how the ball was coming out of my hand. I think I’m very close.”
Manager Jeff Banister said injured third baseman Adrian Beltre (sprained left thumb) is progressing as expected. It’s been two weeks since Beltre sprained his thumb and required stiches to close a gash May 31. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 1. He’s eligible for reinstatement Tuesday but likely needs a couple more weeks to recover.
“He’d like to be back already. He’s not progressing the way he wants to. I kind of like that about Adrian, he’s never satisfied,” Banister said.