May 10, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez (33) throws the ball in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers' Martin Perez underwent Tommy John surgery today

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Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez will be shut down for the remainder of the season and possibly to start next season after undergoing Tommy John surgery today.

Anthony Andro reported on Twitter that the 23 year old lefty had the surgery done this morning and everything went as expected. Which is good news right off the bat.

At first it was revealed that Perez did not suffer any ligament tears in his left elbow after undergoing an MRI. But it appeared that there was enough damage that would require Tommy John. It will be a long and frustrating process for the young starting pitcher, but he should be on pace to return sometime next year. There’s a good chance that he’ll return before or a little after the 2015 All-Star break.

That depends on how well his rehab assignments go. He needs to be able to get through everything without suffering any setbacks before the Rangers decide to activate him from the disabled list.

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