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Rangers' Martin Perez could need Tommy John surgery

The Texas Rangers will meet with left-hander Martin Perez on Saturday to determine if the injured starter will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Texas hurler 4-3 with a 4.38 ERA in 8 starts

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez, shown in this file photo, could miss the entire season due to Tommy John surgery. (File/Associated Press)

The Texas Rangers will meet with left-hander Martin Perez on Saturday to determine if the injured starter will undergo Tommy John surgery.

The 23-year-old Perez felt discomfort in his elbow in his most start last Saturday. An examination revealed inflammation, and he said this week he's leaning toward having the procedure done.

Perez is 4-3 with a 4.38 earned-run average in eight starts after going 10-6 as a rookie. He's 0-3 with a 13.15 ERA following consecutive shutouts.

The Rangers lost left-handed starter Matt Harrison this week because of a recurring back injury that forced him to miss most of last season. The 28-year-old Harrison hasn't decided to undergo another back operation, one that would fuse disks together. Harrison is likely lost for the season regardless of his decision. He's 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four starts.

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