Texas Rangers pitcher Martin Perez will undergo Tommy John surgery on Monday, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Perez was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow earlier this week and can now be ruled out through the first few months of 2015 due to the reconstructive surgery.
He was debating undergoing the surgery and missing the rest of the season, or opting for an injection and rehab that would keep him out about three months.
“I don’t want to miss this year; I want to get out there and compete,” Perez said Thursday, according to The Dallas Morning News. “But I can’t just think about this year. If I do the other option, I might not get back or the ligament might get hurt again. If I have the surgery, at this time next year, I can be back and doing what I was doing before – helping the team.
“I feel bad, but I don’t want to end up not being able to help the team all of next year, too,” Perez said.
By deciding to do the surgery, he faces a year-long rehab and recovery process.
Although the 23-year-old Perez had a 26-inning scoreless streak in April, he gave up 19 runs over his past three starts, indicating something was wrong.
Martin Perez to have Tommy John surgery Monday. #Rangers
— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) May 17, 2014