May 10, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux (31) and catcher Robinson Chirinos (61) talk with starting pitcher Martin Perez (33) in the fourth inning of the game against the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers want Martin Perez to wait on surgery

When a pitcher is faced with the prospect of Tommy John surgery, both parties usually act in the best interest of the pitcher.

With the Texas Rangers and Martin Perez, one wants the pitcher to have the surgery, the other wants to wait. Perez would rather have the surgery now and get it out of the way so that he can contribute to the team in the second half of next year. According to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, however, the club would rather wait and see what doctors say.

A planned meeting between general manager Jon Daniels and Felix Olivo, who represents Perez, to determine a course of action was pushed back to Saturday. Olivo told several Venezuelan media outlets that Perez wants to have the surgery and the club is asking him to wait.

Perez’s Ulnar Collateral Ligament is only partially torn, which makes rest and rehab a possible course of action. With that process, Perez would still be shelved for 10-12 weeks.

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