ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 06: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created using multiple exposures in camera.) Martin Perez #33 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Minnesota Twins at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 6, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Per John Blake on Twitter, the Texas Rangers have optioned lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez to AAA. This move was made to create room on the 25 man roster for Ryan Dempster, acquired yesterday from the Chicago Cubs for Kyle Hendricks and Christian Villanueva.
The 21 year old Perez has acquitted himself well in his time in the majors, working both as a spot starter and out of the bullpen. He had been the team's primary long man as of late, and returning him to the minors will give him the opportunity to get more regular work, and keep stretched out in case the Rangers need a spot starter again.
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Dempster is slated to start for the Rangers tomorrow, in the finale of their series with Anaheim.