ARLINGTON -- After he returned to Triple-A Round Rock following a three-week stint with the Rangers, Martin Perez said he didn't think he would be in the Minors long. He just didn't think he would back in the big leagues this quickly.
"I didn't expect to be back this soon," Perez said. "But they brought me back because they trust me. And if they trust me, I have to fulfill what they expect from me."
With Colby Lewis returning to the 15-day disabled list and done for the year with a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow, Perez was called up from Round Rock less than a week after he was optioned. Perez went 1-1 with a 5.54 ERA in four appearances with the Rangers, including two starts, after being called up June 26. He won his first Major League start, allowing two runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings in a 7-2 win over the A's on June 30.
"Being in the Major Leagues is a big responsibility," Perez said. "I was told by the manager that I did my job, but things happen. I didn't get mad because they sent me down. But I'm happy to be back."
Perez will replace Lewis in the rotation and start Tuesday against the Red Sox.
"We told him when we sent him down that we would not hesitate to bring him back if the opportunity presented itself," manager Ron Washington said. "There's no pitch limit. It's just going to be on how effective he is."