The Texas Rangers placed Martin Perez on the 10-day disabled list Saturday after the left-hander injured the thumb on his non-throwing hand when it was caught in the hinge of a door at the team’s hotel.
Perez ripped off the finger nail and broke a bone at the tip of his right thumb Thursday night in New York, according to the team. The roster move was retroactive to Friday, and the Rangers recalled utility man Drew Robinson from Triple-A Round Rock.
Perez, who is 4-6 with a 4.70 ERA in 15 starts this season, joins fellow Rangers starters Cole Hamels, Andrew Cashner and A.J. Griffin on the DL. The good news for Texas is that Hamels (right oblique strain) is slated to come off the DL and start against Cleveland on Monday night.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Yu Darvish will “most likely stay on turn” after being removed after seven innings Friday night as a precaution after reporting tightness in his right triceps. That could allow the Rangers to take Perez’s next scheduled start on Wednesday while staying on regular rest.
Texas is trying to minimize the impact to the rotation, with Perez expected to need seven to 10 days before being able to put his hand into his glove and “protect himself,” according to Bannister.
”In 10 days, let’s go. No excuse,” Perez said. ”Better that it happened to this hand.”
Robinson will be making his third stint with the Rangers this season. He was batting .273 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs in 58 games at Round Rock.