Perez injured. 29 comments


The irony is rich here with Martin Perez. A pitcher who should be in the Rangers bullpen had his 2018 season derailed by a bull in a pen on his ranch.

Reports are he fractured a bone in his non-pitching (right) elbow after being startled by a bull on his property and falling. He is expected to be sidelined for four months, which would be the start of the 2018 season. But that’s if everything goes right. And when does that happen? (See, Jake Diekman, 2017.) The Rangers always take it really cautiously.

The good news is, this isn’t his bread-and-butter elbow. The bad news is, this might accelerate the misguided notion to turn Matt Bush into a starter, but at least the professionals from preszlerlaw-ns.com are already working on it, since the team members say it wasn’t an accident .

That’s a scary notion, especially considering the track record the Rangers have in turning relievers into starters. That usually leads to injury.

The most innings Matt Bush has pitched in a season is 61. Can he make it through even 15 starts? The batteries in that electric fast ball tend to run down quite often. Quite often, it got flat. And when it did, it got hammered. Does he have enough with his other pitches to go through a lineup twice? Isn’t he better utilized just coming in and airing it out for a few outs?

Perez will probably miss the first month of the season. And maybe that’s all they would need Bush to cover as a starter. With off days, a fifth starter might not be needed that often. And maybe you use that time to see if he can actually do it.

The state of the Rangers pitching leads to desperation. And desperation usually leads to disaster.

The Rangers have a lot of question marks in that rotation. Mike Minor threw just 77 innings last year. Matt Moore was about as ineffective as a starting pitcher could be. And Doug Sister is an enigma.

But, don’t despair. Jon Daniels always has a Plan B. A two-time Cy Young winner is out there on the market, ready to be plucked. He would make this 2018 Rangers staff complete.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Bull pen plagiarized from Jake. 😛🍺😎

  • dearmidol
    • Curt Hays

      You got to hang out with all of the Rangers 2018 All-Stars??!!

      • dearmidol

        Every single one of them.

    • FlappingGums

      I’m guessing that was a lot of fun!!! Thanks for the pictures! 😀

    • WhoKnowscs

      You look a lot like Emily Jones! =)

    • Nashvillecat66

      Did you take that photo of EJ just for me?

  • possumrld

    “Doug Sister”! too funny, Kev! Remember Holland had his infamous “dog day”. But this Perez incident is “pure bull”.

    • dearmidol

      Holy shit, I swear that’s a typo and not a dig on him.

  • GoRangers23

    Oh yes, by all means. Tim Lincecum. And how could JD possibly ignore him with all those added muscles? 2018. The stuff dreams are made of. 😳

  • GoRangers23

    His story is that he fell because he was startled by a bull? Was he walking, or riding it?

    • FlappingGums

      From all I heard it’s unclear. I did hear or read that the bull was in a pen. Sounds like he was walking by. He must’ve felt that the bull was going to break through the fence, which they can do. I don’t know.

      • GoRangers23

        Ha, I don’t know, but I don’t break my elbow, usually, when I am startled. There must be more to that story. 😄.

        • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

          Sounds like he was too close to the bull and fell on the arm wrong.
          I dislocated an elbow that way, but it’s hard to figure how you shatter a bone, unless he landed on a really hard surface.

          • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

            Should clarify, no bull was involved for me, but I did fall on an elbow and dislocate it when I was about 12.

          • GoRangers23

            Yep, something had to have gotten in his way. Or, he was riding it and doesn’t want to say. That would undoubtedly make his first story full of bull. 😄

          • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

            Haha it sure would be… I wouldn’t be surprised if he was actually doing something a little dumb.

  • FlappingGums

    Why aren’t there super stars getting ready to suit up in a Rangers uniform? We actually do have a good set of position players but I think there are still some good pitchers that need to be signed. Arrieta? Wood? Darvish? And who else is still available for pitching?

  • elkaba

    OMG! You-know-what has frozen over! The media, at least one in the media, is actually, finally telling the truth about the 2018 Rangers… https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/texas-rangers/rangers/2017/12/20/one-look-pitching-proof-need-rangers-raising-white-flag-2018

    • Nashvillecat66

      Here I go again, standing with an unpopular opinion in Roundersville.
      Oh well, as a wise person once told me, opinions are like belly buttons — everybody has one.
      So here goes…
      I’m sure there are certain elements to the DFW media that paint nothing but rosy pictures of the Rangers, just as they do all the other pro franchises in the area.
      Yet I’ve never thought the Dallas Morning News, which employs Kevin Sherrington, author of your linked item Elk, as being a drum beater for the organization.
      But it seems as if the vast majority here in RR3 feel as if Evan Grant is simply a PR man for the Rangers, but I’ve never found him to be slanted one way or the other.
      If the team, players, front office, ownership, etc., deserves praise, he reports it. If the team deserves criticism, he delivers that too.
      Perhaps it’s because he’s not convinced that Jon Daniels is an idiot — another majority opinion here — nor that Jeff Banister is a total clown who knows nothing about baseball, which has also been beaten to a pulp around here for the past year.
      As I said, I’m sure there are others in the Metroplex media who toss daisies in the Rangers’ direction, regardless of how the team performs.
      But it’s my contention that there are many in the media — print media at least — that provide truths about the team.
      The above essay came straight from the belly button 🙂

      • JacobMcCandles

        My belly button agrees about Sherrington, disagree about Evan. I will go over the line further than you Cat and say, the last media person that would ask tough questions face to face…yes I know he was clownish was Galloway, Cowlishaw is the closest in print.

        • Nashvillecat66

          Again, to repeat my earlier assertion, I’ve always thought of EG as being fair minded.
          A journalist can be fair-minded and still ask questions that team personnel should answer without being mean spirited. In my mind, that’s how EG does his job.
          The best example the Metroplex (or any other region for that matter) has ever had was Blackie Sherrod. He could cut someone to the quick without drawing blood.
          All sports writers are different. Some have an ax to grind, just as Galloway did (especially as he neared retirement age), others can do the same job without appearing hateful.
          In my view, Sherrington is a very good writer who’s not afraid to express an opinion.
          Cowlishaw, again just my opinion, is a little full of himself and isn’t as good of a writer as Sherrington.

          • JacobMcCandles

            To repeat, I disagree. Agree with Cowlishaw and his narcissism. I find EG to be talentless. Galloway did look for a sharp stick but was the last in a breed of journalists that would man up and to repeat ask the tough questions

      • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

        I agree on Sherrington and Evan Grant.
        Grant seems to find himself overly optimistic sometimes but doesn’t seem to buy the propaganda the Rangers throw around like TR Sullivan does…
        That said, I feel like JD is shying away from selling and it’s hurting the organization’s future at this point.

        • Nashvillecat66

          A good source for this type of information is the Ballzy podcast. I get it through iTunes or on the DMN web site.
          Sherrington, EG and Barry Horn discuss sports in general but one day a week they discuss the Rangers.
          This week’s episode is very well done and paints a realistic picture of what the franchise is trying to do, which is not going into full blown, tear down mode and instead, try for incremental improvement for the next two to three years.

          • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

            I need to listen to it – but with the lack of young talent, I can’t imagine how they will generate incremental improvement unless they expand payroll.

          • Nashvillecat66

            There’s young talent there — Mazara, Gallo and yes, even Odor — just not at every position right now.
            The low minors have some promising young arms who still need a couple of years to develop.
            Position players such as Elvis can be a bridge to the younger guys when they are ready.
            One of the things Evan Grant has pointed out several times in the off season is the team seems to be committed to incremental improvement so that by the time the new ballpark opens, they will be in the playoff mix again.

          • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

            I just don’t see those increments happening. For every potential improvement, you have Beltre, Hamels, and Darvish (already) going out the door.

            Those young arms, excluding Yohander Mendez, will not be in the Majors until the new park opens and even then they aren’t even true prospects yet. They could be Luke Jackson, Michael Kirkman, Martin Perez, etc as easily as CJ Wilson or Nefty Feliz.

            I really don’t see a Gallo, Mazara, Odor core building much of anything without finding a way back into some major prospects… that’s going to be what caps the team at 85-88 wins like Seattle if they don’t find some more high-end talent.

      • Rowdy Yates

        I think Evan Grant is a straight shooter. Don’t always agree with him but never thought he’s in the Rangers pocket. And have always felt most here respect him.

        While Sherrington’s piece is negative I can’t find anything that’s inaccurate and his comment that there will be “No nine-figure deals to violate the Rangers’ self-imposed limitations” hits the nail on the head IMO. I think this is an ownership and FO that would love to win … if it doesn’t cost too much… and is also more than willing to be middle of the road or worse because the money will keep rolling in. They have the new stadium funded and they’re the 2nd tier team and sport in a huge media metroplex and will always be that whether they win or lose. It’s just a matter of degree. DFW is not Oakland. The Rangers don’t have to win to bring in fans and TV/radio dollars. The owners will make $$ either way and the franchise will continue to rise in value.