Monday, March 4, 2013
Fifth starter race in Texas
By Doug Mittler
The competition for the job of fifth starter with the Texas Rangers took a significant turn Sunday when lefthanded prospect Martin Perez suffered a broken forearm when he was struck by a line drive.
Perez could be out for at least two months, says MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. The 21-year-old Perez was 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA in six starts and six relief appearances for the Rangers last season, but emerged as a viable fifth starter candidate after throwing two scoreless innings in his first outing.
Sullivan says left-hander Robbie Ross and right-hander Randy Wells are the two best candidates for the fifth-starter spot. Justin Grimm may have played himself out of the mix by allowing nine runs over 4 1/3 innings in his first two outings.
With an opening at the back of the rotation, the Rangers could have a greater incentive to sign free agent Kyle Lohse. The Rangers and Lohse's agent, Scott Boras, have remained in contact, Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram wrote over the weekend.
Sunday was a rough day in the fifth starter chase, writes Ron Matejko of ESPNDallas.com