Martin Perez clearly hasn't regained his pre-Tommy John surgery form in his first full season back from the surgery. And to be honest, he might never get to that point of looking to be a future No. 2 starter that he was teasing back in 2014 before the surgery.
On Tuesday, he didn't allow a run to Toronto in taking a no-decision when the bullpen failed to hold a 1-0 lead, but he wasn't exactly great, either.
Perez lasted just five innings — his first start this year that didn't go at least six innings — and he once again had a K:BB ratio of basically 1:1, which isn't good. He struck out four and walked three while throwing 90 pitches, including 28 in the fifth inning. After that, he was finished.
He got the bullpen working earlier than it would've liked, and it ended up coming back to bite the Rangers.
Perez is looking to be the odd man out at the moment when Yu Darvish returns to the Rangers' rotation later this month, and unless he becomes more efficient and stops walking batters with such frequency, he'll find himself on the outside looking in.