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.
Indians third baseman José Ramírez had to be carted off the field in the top of the third inning of Sunday afternoon’s Cactus League game agaisnt the White Sox. Ramírez fouled a pitch off of his leg during an at-bat against pitcher Sean Nolin.
MLB.com’s Mandy Bell reports that Ramírez was diagnosed with a left knee contusion after he was taken for X-rays. The X-rays were negative, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Ramírez, 26, finished third in AL MVP Award voting last season, batting .270/.387/.552 with 39 home runs, 105 RBI, 110 runs scored, and 34 stolen bases across 698 plate appearances. He was worth 7.9 Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference. If Ramírez lands on the injured list, that would obviously be a huge loss for the Indians, despite being the overwhelming favorites in the AL Central entering the season.
The Indians will already start the season without second baseman Jason Kipnis and shortstop Francisco Lindor, though both are expected to return before the end of April. The infield is in rough shape at the moment.