Luis Perez joins long list of Blue Jays walking wounded
The Blue Jays announced on Monday evening that lefthander Luis Perez has been diagnosed with a torn Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) in his left elbow and will be lost for the season. Perez, 27, will seek a second opinion before any procedure is performed, but a torn UCL is usually repaired by Tommy John surgery.
Perez was 2-2, with a 3.43 ERA in 35 appearances. In his first season as a fulltime reliever, Perez began the year with eight consecutive scorless appearances out of the pen, one of the best starts by a Jays lefthanded reliever. By June 1, he had made 23 appearances in the club's first 53 games.
Perez had posted a 2.45 ERA in his first 22 games, but in his last 13 appearances prior to the injury, gave up nine earned runs in 16-1/3 innings.
Perez becomes the seventh Jays major-league roster pitcher currently on the DL, joining Jesse Litsch, Dustin McGowan, Sergio Santos, Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison. The Jays will make a roster move later in the all-star break.