Injuries: Martin Perez maintains focus
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"It's hard for me because this is the first time it's happened to me in my life (being injured)," Perez said.
"I have to be ready for the situation up here," he said while pointing to his head.
Perez said he has to keep the wrist mobilized for two weeks before beginning the first step of his recovery. Considering he can't throw for up to a month, and then, according to Perez, will need another 3-4 weeks to return to form, a return to the Rangers may not happen until early May.
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The injury couldn't have happened at a worse time for Perez, who was pitching well this spring and putting himself in position as a top candidate for the open fifth slot in the Rangers starting rotation.
During his two spring appearances, Perez displayed a consistent ability to keep the ball down in the strike zone, as well as a new found success against right-handers.
Last season, the left-hander struggled against righties, who hit .324 against him in 108 at-bats. He also struggled against right-handers at Triple-A Round Rock, where righties hit nine of the 10 home runs he allowed.
This spring, he retired the first seven righties he faced.
Perez will likely have to wait until May to pick up where he left off.
"I thought he was throwing the ball well but those things happen in the game," said manager Ron Washington. "I think when you get time at the major league level and you compete the way he competed, you begin to believe you can (perform well).
"Once you get that feeling inside of you, then maturity does begin to show. You have to see confidence before success begins to show and I think what you are seeing is confidence."
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