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MLB Update: Who Will Win The Fifth starter Roll in Texas?

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MLB update The competition for the work of fifth starter with the Texas Rangers took a major flip Sunday once lefthanded prospect Martin Perez suffered a broken forearm once he was stricken by a fly ball.

MLB UpdatePerez 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.

“Let Grimm, Ross, Ogando fight it out until Colby gets in and then bring Perez up after rehab assignment in AAA”

Other injury notes:
3B Adrian Beltre will make his spring debut Monday after missing the first 10 Cactus League games with a sore right calf.
OF Engel Beltre will start a second consecutive game after returning Sunday from a sore shoulder. Rangers staff will speak with Beltre after Monday’s game to determine if he is ready to leave camp and join Spain for the World Baseball Classic.
Colby Lewis (surgery — torn flexor tendon) is scheduled to throw his second bullpen session Wednesday.
RHP Neftali Feliz (Tommy John surgery) is scheduled to throw out to 75 feet for the first time.
RHP Yoshinori Tateyama (lower-back stiffness) and RHP Tanner Scheppers (mild right hamstring tightness) are scheduled to pitch in Wednesday’s ‘B’ game against the Chicago Cubs.
C Eli Whiteside is sidelined with a mild left calf strain.
RHP Kyle McClellan (right shoulder soreness) will throw a bullpen session Thursday.
RHP Wilmer Font (right biceps tendonitis) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday.
RHP Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) and Ramon Mendez (right elbow surgery — stress fracture) will throw a bullpen session Monday.

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