Martin Perez and Joe Palumbo, Texas Rangers left handed pitchers on the 60 day disabled list, are both slated to start rehab assignments in the next few days. Palumbo, who underwent Tommy John surgery in April, 2017, will pitch Sunday for the Arizona Rookie League Rangers, while Perez, who is recovering from issues stemming from a broken right elbow suffered this offseason, will pitch for low-A Hickory on Monday.
Perez’s rehab is the more significant for the major league team, as he had been expected to be a part of the major league rotation this year. Perez pitched poorly this year before going on the disabled list, putting up a 9+ ERA in five starts. The 27 year old is expected to return to he rotation after the All Star Break.
Palumbo, 23, appeared to be having a breakout year in 2017 before being waylaid by a torn UCL. He was considered by some to be the Rangers top pitching prospect when he went down, and how he recovers will be a subject of significant interest going forward this year. Palumbo can be on the rehab assignment for up to sixty days before having to be activated and optioned since he is recovering from Tommy John surgery.