February 14, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Luis Perez (47) works out during spring training at Bobby Mattick Training Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays Luis Perez Undergoes Minor Elbow Surgery

You can file this one under the slow news day feature, but the Toronto Blue Jays announced on Friday that relief pitcher Luis Perez underwent successful surgery to remove scar tissue from his pitching elbow, according to Brendan Kennedy at The Star.

The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews, and according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, Perez is expected to be ready for Spring Training. The surgery was related to his 2012 Tommy John surgery.

Perez was one of three Blue Jays pitchers that spent 2013 rehabbing from the dreaded elbow surgery, joining Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison on the comeback trail. However, various setbacks held Perez to just 6 appearances at the Minor League level in 2013, and results were mixed in those six appearances. Over a span of 9.2 innings split between Dunedin and Buffalo, Perez posted a 1.86 ERA but suffered with control issues with a 1.50 K/BB ratio.

His results were also mixed when he received a late-season call-up in September. In six appearances with the big club, Perez managed a 5.40 ERA and a 10.8 K/9 ratio over 5 innings of work.

The 28-year-old southpaw will come to camp in February hoping to make the Blue Jays bullpen, but the competition for lefties will be fierce. Aaron Loup and Brett Cecil are all but guaranteed spots in the pen for 2014, unless either is traded beforehand, and rookie Rob Rasmussen will also be looking to make the leap after struggling at Triple-A with the Dodgers in 2013. Toronto may also have to find a home for J.A. Happ should he be bumped from the rotation by any other moves the team makes this winter.

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  • Andrew van Laar

    Does he have options left on his contract or is he a make the team or bust candidate?

    • Erik Trenouth

      He has been out of options the last 2 seasons according to MLBTR.

      • Andrew van Laar

        In that case I say DFA him. Chances are less likely a team will pick him up vs someone like Jeffress or the other relievers out of options.

  • Erik Trenouth

    January 10, 2014 – Perez should be good to go for spring training
    February 15, 2014 – Perez return pushed back a month
    March 7, 2014 – Perez will be in bullpen come opening day
    March 24, 2014 – Perez to start season on DL
    May 13, 2014 – Perez transferred to 60 day DL
    May 23. 2014 – Perez undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow, will miss 8 weeks
    July 16, 2014 – Perez undergoes another surgery to remove bone chips from left elbow, to miss 6 weeks
    August 29, 2014 – Perez shut down for season
    November 3, 2014 – Perez expects to be ready for spring training.

    Sounds about due course for the Jays.

    • Kyle Franzoni