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SEATTLE -- Ross Wolf, who earned his first Major League victory on Wednesday when he started and allowed one run in five-plus innings against the Athletics, became a long reliever when the Rangers decided to call up southpaw Martin Perez to start the first game of their doubleheader with the D-backs on Monday.

"That was the recommendation of the people down there," manager Ron Washington said of Perez's impending promotion. "He threw the ball we down there. It's his turn, we decided to bring him up. [Wolf] can help us in the bullpen, a long guy out of the bullpen. It's taking nothing away from Wolf. We still have a guy we can spot start until we get the pitching staff together. You never know, he may get another chance."

Perez sustained a broken left arm in Spring Training and was sidelined for two months. He is 1-2 with a 6.05 ERA in four starts since his return, but he threw seven scoreless innings for Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday. He allowed three hits, walked none and struck out seven Reno Aces.

The Rangers still expect right-hander Alexi Ogando to return to the rotation sometime in the next two weeks. Ogando, who is sidelined with triceps tendinitis in his right arm, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday. The Rangers will decide after that if he will need at least one start in the Minor Leagues.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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