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May 25, 2013

Rangers choose Martin Perez to start Monday

The revolving door to the Rangers' injury-plagued starting rotation picked up another fill-in late Friday when manager Ron Washington announced that left-hander Martin Perez would start one of the two games Monday in a doubleheader at Arizona.

Perez is likely to start the first game, with Yu Darvish starting the second. Perez was the choice over right-handers Josh Lindblom, who started Monday and lost to Oakland, and Ross Wolf, who beat Oakland on Wednesday.

Major-league rules allow for teams to carry a 26th player for a doubleheader, so Wolf will be in the bullpen.

Perez, 22, allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings Tuesday for Triple A Round Rock. He is the Rangers' top pitching prospect and was headed toward a spot in the season-opening rotation before being struck on the arm by a line drive during a spring game March 3. He suffered a broken ulna and missed the next eight weeks.

He made his major-league debut last season, going 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA. He will become the ninth different pitcher to start a game for the Rangers this season. Matt Harrison (back) and Alexi Ogando (biceps tendinitis), and Wolf filled in for Nick Tepesch on Wednesday after he was scratched with a blister on his right finger.

Tepesch is expected to start Sunday.

-- Jeff Wilson


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