Rangers left-hander Martin Perez has completed his rehab from Tommy John surgery and is set to make his first major league start in 14 months.
According to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, Perez will be activated from the disabled list to start Friday when the Rangers begin the second half of the season against the Astros.
Perez, who had Tommy John surgery last May, posted a 4.56 ERA and 25/3 K/BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings over six minor league rehab starts between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. He had a minor setback with a groin injury along the way, but everything has been fine with the elbow.
A former hyped pitching prospect, the 24-year-old Perez owns a 4.13 ERA with 6.1 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 over 34 starts and six relief appearances in the majors. The Rangers saw enough from him in his rookie season in 2013 to give him a four-year, $12.5 million extension with three club options. They’re surely hoping that the long wait will be worth it.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.