Rangers left-hander Martin Perez said Saturday he will have season-ending reconstructive elbow surgery.
Perez was diagnosed with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow days after leaving a start May 10 with pain in the joint.
“I made the decision because I’m not 100 percent good,” said Perez, who will have surgery Monday. “I’m young, I’ll just go out for a year and come back next year.
The 23-year-old Perez becomes the latest pitcher to need the operation known as Tommy John Surgery. Typical recovery time is 12-18 months.
NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez had the surgery Friday.
Perez is Texas’ second starter to be lost for the season during the past week. Left-hander Matt Harrison left a start on Tuesday after only 1 2-3 innings and was diagnosed with a back condition that could end his career.
LA RUSSA RETURNS — Tony La Russa is back in the big leagues, though he won’t be filling out lineup cards anytime soon.
The Arizona Diamondbacks hired La Russa as their chief baseball officer Saturday, hoping the hall of fame manager can help turn around the team after one of the worst starts in franchise history.
La Russa will report to Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall and oversee the entire baseball operations department. He will work with General Manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson in shaping the future of the Diamondbacks, who were 16-28 heading into Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
BRAVES MANAGER EJECTED — Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was ejected for arguing a call in the fifth inning against the Cardinals on Saturday.
Pitcher Aaron Harang stayed in the batter’s box after his attempt to sacrifice Andrelton Simmons to third base with none out. Catcher Yadier Molina pounced on the ball and threw to third with shortstop Jhonny Peralta covering for a tag play and Peralta had an easy relay to first for a double play.
Gonzalez left the field twice and came back to protest home plate umpire Ron Kulpa’s call.
AROUND THE LEAGUE — The Houston Astros signed veteran free agent reliever Kyle Farnsworth.Houston optioned right-hander Paul Clemens to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for Farnsworth on the roster. ... The Boston Red Sox placed struggling third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a fractured right index finger and recalled infielder Brock Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket. ... San Diego Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his pitching elbow. Manager Bud Black said before Saturday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies that right-handed reliever Donn Roach would step into the rotation to fill Cashner’s spot today.