Martin Perez to make return from Tommy John surgery Friday


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.