HOUSTON -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington is holding off on making a decision regarding the status of left-hander Martin Perez, who is suffering from elbow inflammation.
Perez departed his Saturday start after logging just 3 2/2 innings against the Boston Red Sox.
After stringing together three consecutive scoreless outings in mid-April, Perez has allowed 19 earned runs over his past three starts and 13 1/3 innings. An MRI exam did not reveal any structural damage in his elbow.
"Right now our thought is to wait until Wednesday to see what more information we have, and then we'll make a decision," Washington said. "If it's just for him to miss a start, then we have to do something else. If it gets to that point where he has to go on the (disabled list), we don't have to make that decision until Wednesday.
"When we get back home, I hope to have my full roster back."
Washington would like to make a decision quickly. He longs to set his rotation through the end of the month, aiming to avoid starting both right-hander Colby Lewis and lefty Matt Harrison during a road interleague series against the Washington Nationals. The manager prefers that ace Yu Darvish avoid pitching in that series as well, but Darvish is scheduled to start. At least Darvish has something going for him
"I'll tell you what," Washington said. "He's got some real pretty bats."