Rangers’ Martin Perez Breaks Elbow In Face-Off With A Bull

Bryan Brandom
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Note to Texas Rangers pitchers: In the offseason, do your best to avoid animals.

And I don’t mean contact with animals—apparently their mere presence can cause a Rangers starter to contort himself so badly he injures himself.

That was supposedly the case for Martin Perez, who broke his elbow on Monday because he was scared by his bull.

No wonder starters are always reticent to transition to working out of the bullpen.

The incident occurred in Perez’s native Venezuela, where he owns a ranch.

The injury puts Perez’s availability for opening day in doubt.

In 2014, Perez’s Rangers teammate Derek Holland etched his name into the Bizarre Sports Injury Hall of Fame when he supposedly tripped over his dog Wrigley on the stairs and required arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage.

“He was running up the stairs and clipped me,” Holland said at the time. “I hit my knee on the step, and if it wasn’t for me grabbing the rail, I might have fallen all the way down the stairs and cracked my head open.”

Sure, maybe the simple presence of animals caused these professional athletes to spaz out so badly that they injured themselves. Or maybe they just hurt themselves doing something strictly forbidden in their contracts, and traded the embarrassment for the cash they would have otherwise lost.

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