Texas Rangers left-hander Martin Perez is bullish regarding the odds of being ready for Opening Day.
The starting pitcher indicated Friday he is ahead of schedule in his recovery after a freak offseason accident that resulted in a broken elbow on his non-pitching arm.
"I am not going to miss any time," Perez told the Star-Telegram. "I have conviction I will be ready the first day."
The Rangers open March 29 against the Houston Astros.
General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers expected Perez to miss the first month of the season because of the Dec. 11 fall at his ranch in Venezuela after a bull startled the pitcher and caused him to fall on the elbow.
Perez underwent surgery Dec. 18 and has been rehabbing in Texas for a week. He hopes to throw a bullpen session within the next week.
Perez, 26, went 13-12 last season with a 4.82 ERA in 32 starts. He missed significant time from 2013 to 2015, making a combined 42 starts, following Tommy John surgery in his pitching elbow.
He is 41-42 with a 4.43 ERA in parts of six seasons in the majors, all with the Rangers.
-- Field Level Media