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.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.