Martin Perez is nearing his return to a big-league mound, and he took another step in the process on Tuesday night for Triple-A Round Rock.
The 24-year-old lefty had another solid outing, going six innings while giving up seven hits and two runs. He struck out six and walked none, which is more telling than the two runs he allowed. His velocity has consistently been in the low-90s and touching the mid-90s, and all of his secondary pitches have been reported to be looking ready to roll.
Perez is scheduled for one more rehab outing on Sunday with the MLB all-star break to follow. When the Rangers return to action next weekend against Houston, expect to see Perez get a start as he's expected to immediately step in as a frontline starter, feasibly the team's No. 2 starter behind Yovani Gallardo.
Perez was going well in 2014 until his arm started flaring up. He ended his campaign with a few bad outings before being shut down for Tommy John surgery. In 2013, Perez was in the AL Rookie of the Year race as he pitched 124 1/3 innings and posted a 3.62 ERA.
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Get excited, Rangers fans. You finally have something to be really pumped about because it appears Perez is going to pick up where he left off, and it's coming soon.