Texas Rangers pitcher Martin Perez, currently on the 60 day disabled list, started a rehab stint today. Pitching for the low-A Hickory Crawdads, Perez threw five shutout innings, striking out nine and giving up a pair of infield singles while throwing 59 pitches.
Perez started the season on the d.l. after suffering a broken right (non-throwing) elbow in a bull-related incident at his ranch this season. He came back earlier than expected, but struggled in five starts before going back on the disabled list with elbow discomfort. Perez is eligible to be activated later this week, but it is anticipated he will pitch at least a couple more rehab stints, and is expected to be activated around the All Star Break.