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Rangers' Perez OK after line drive to arm

Rangers' Perez OK after line drive to arm

KANSAS CITY -- Pitcher Martin Perez said he was fine on Saturday, one day after getting hit in the left forearm by a Billy Butler line drive. Perez still had a red mark from the fifth-inning shot on Friday, but no swelling or lingering pain.

"Nothing. … I feel good," Perez said.

Butler got an infield hit on the play, putting runners on first and second. Manager Ron Washington and trainer Kevin Harmon checked on Perez but he insisted he could stay in the game. He got Salvador Perez on a line drive to third to end the inning.

Perez admitted it was a scary moment. He was hit in the left forearm on March 3 in a Cactus League game by a live drive, suffered a fractured arm and was sidelined for two months. It kept him from being in the Rangers' Opening Day lineup.

"I just thought, 'Wow! Again,'" Perez said. "But after the ball hit me, I moved my hand and it felt good. I told Wash I wanted to continue. … I said I got this out."

Perez ended up going 5 2/3 innings and left with the score tied at 1. His next start is on Wednesday against the Astros at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

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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