Elbow injury sends Rangers lefty Martin Perez to DL


Rangers left-hander Martin Perez, who underwent an MRI exam earlier this week on his sore elbow, has been placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.

Perez got off to a spectacular start this season, at one point tossing 28 straight scoreless innings in April, but he got knocked around for 19 runs in his last 13 innings. During his good stretch Perez tossed 101, 107, 109, and 109 pitches in consecutive starts, which is a lot for a 23-year-old.

Nick Tepesch will step into Perez’s rotation spot and the Rangers have also recalled veteran right-hander Scott Baker from Triple-A.

Perez was so impressive as a rookie last season that the Rangers signed him to a four-year, $18.25 million contract extension in November that includes team options carrying through 2020.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.