Left-hander Martin Perez suffered only a non-displaced fracture of his left ulna Sunday -- meaning that the bone is only cracked rather than two ends of the fracture being separated -- and the Rangers are cautiously optimistic that he will be ready to pitch by the beginning of May.
Perez is wearing only a temporary splint, which will allow him to do range-of-motion exercised that could allow him to maintain some arm strength. He said that he will be in the splint full-time for two weeks and perhaps can begin more taxing exercises to start Week 3 of the recovery process.
The Rangers' top pitching prospect, Perez was enjoying his best spring when he was struck by a Brad Miller line drive in the sixth inning Sunday against Seattle. Perez's goal now is to recover as quickly as possible and be ready to help the Rangers as soon as possible.
"I'm just going to do what they say," said Perez, who will be sidelined for the first time in his career. "I'm going to be focused so I can be ready in a couple months. I want to be ready to help my team. That's what I want."
-- Jeff Wilson