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July 18, 2012

Wednesday pregame Rangers notes: Martin Perez to minors

The inevitable happened Wednesday to Martin Perez, who was optioned to Triple A Round Rock to clear a roster spot so that Colby Lewis could be activated from the disabled list and start against Oakland.

Perez, the Rangers' top pitching prospect, left a favorable impression in his first stint in the majors. Not only did he pitch well, he handled himself well and is prepared to do well enough at Round Rock to force his way back onto the Rangers' roster.

Manager Ron Washington said that if Perez doesn't perform well at Triple A, "we'll be totally disappointed."

"I want to do the same and put in practice what I learned here," said Perez, 21. "I understand everything that happened today. It's just not my time."

Mark Lowe said that he will be on a mound this weekend at Anaheim. The right-hander, sidelined with a strained intercostal muscle, was planning to throw Wednesday for the fifth time since he resumed a throwing program Friday at Seattle. He is targeting the next homestand for his return from the DL.

"My arm feels great, and it feels like I never took any time off," he said.

Brandon Snyder jumps into the lineup against left-hander Travis Blackley. Snyder and Alberto Gonzalez haven't seen a ton of playing time lately, and that's the way it will be until the Rangers have a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. Washington has spoken to both players, urging them to not try to do too much when they do get their chance.

"I was an extra player. I know what it's like," Washington said.

-- Jeff Wilson

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