Elbow injury sends Rangers lefty Martin Perez to DL

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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.

MLB rejected Players’ 114-game season proposal, will not send a counter

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball has rejected the MLBPA’s proposal for a 114-game season and said it would not send a counter offer. The league said it has started talks with owners “about playing a shorter season without fans, and that it is ready to discuss additional ideas with the union.”

This should be understood as a game of chicken.

The background here is that the the owners are pretty much locked into the idea of paying players a prorated share of their regular salaries based on number of games played. The players, meanwhile, are pretty much locked in to the idea that the owners can set the length of the season that is played. Each side is trying to leverage their power in this regard.

The players proposed a probably unworkable number of games — 114 — as a means of setting the bidding high on a schedule that will work out well for them financially. Say, a settled agreement at about 80 games or so. The owners were rumored to be considering a counteroffer of a low number of games — say, 50 — as a means of still getting a significant pay cut from the players even if they’re being paid prorata. What Rosenthal is now reporting is that they won’t even counter with that.

Which is to say that the owners are trying to get the players to come off of their prorated salary rights under the threat of a very short schedule that would end up paying them very little. They won’t formally offer that short schedule, however, likely because (a) they believe that the threat of uncertain action is more formidable; and (b) they don’t want to be in the position of publicly demanding fewer baseball games, which doesn’t look very good to fans. They’d rather be in the position of saying “welp, the players wouldn’t talk to us about money so we have no choice, they forced us into 50 games.”

In other news, the NBA seems very close to getting its season resumed.