Back in December Rangers pitcher Martin Perez broke the elbow on his non-pitching arm when a bull charged him on his ranch in Venezuela. He’s better now — he recovered faster than expected and made his spring debut for the Rangers over the weekend.
Can’t say the same for the bull. From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
“I killed him and I ate him,” Perez said . . . “It was good meat. No more bull.”
Chase Utley is lucky he broke Ruben Tejada‘s leg and not Perez’s, that’s for sure.
Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.
Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.
Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.