Rangers to skip Perez in rotation

Lefty thinks he is tipping pitches; Banister, Brocail focus on execution

August 5th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rangers pitcher said he is tipping his pitches. Pitching coach Doug Brocail and manager Jeff Banister said Perez needs to execute his pitches.

Either way, Perez will get a few extra days to work out his issues: the Rangers are going to push him back in the rotation.

Banister said the Rangers will go with and A.J. Griffin in their two-game series against the Mets on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Rangers are off on Thursday and then Cole Hamels will start on Friday against the Astros.

Perez, who allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in an 8-4 loss to the Twins on Friday, would not return to the rotation until next Saturday at the earliest.

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Perez did some video work after Friday's loss and said he may be tipping his pitches. Perez said he could tell a difference where his hands were when throwing a fastball and when throwing his offspeed stuff.

"My wrist was in a different position," Perez said. "I think it has been happening a lot. Let's see if that will be the difference. If not, I'm going back to Venezuela and throw rocks until I figure it out."

Brocail said there is more to it than that.

"He may be tipping pitches, but everything hit last night was middle across the zone," Brocail said. "You can tip and still get guys out and you cannot tip and throw the ball over the middle of the zone and not get hit. I don't want anybody making excuses. I don't want that to be a cop-out that makes us not work hard in our next side session."

Perez is 0-4 with a 9.41 ERA in his last four starts. For the season, he is 5-10 with a 5.46 ERA that is the second highest in the American League among qualifying pitchers.

"He feels that's something he needs to work on," Banister said. "But it comes down to execution of pitches the majority of the time."