Martin Perez on fate of bull that caused elbow injury: ‘I killed him and ate him’
Texas Rangers pitcher Martin Perez on Sunday bluntly explained how he exacted revenge upon a bull that caused him to suffer an elbow injury this past offseason: A trip to the slaughterhouse.
“I killed him and I ate him,” Perez said, via the Star-Telegram.
The left-hander is making every effort to be ready for the start of the season after breaking his non-throwing elbow when he fall at his ranch in Venezuela when a bull startled him.
Perez explained in January how the injury, which required surgery, occurred.
“What happened?” Perez said of the December incident, via the Star-Telegram. “I knew you guys were going to ask me that. I have horses and cows on my ranch. My guys were working with the cows, and I was sitting on a fence. My brother said something and I looked back at him.
“Then I heard, ‘Watch out!’ I turned, and a bull was coming at me. I fell. I was trying to fall on my feet, and I landed on my elbow.”
Perez made his Cactus League debut Sunday, allowing one run over five innings of work in an encouraging 80-pitch performance against the Los Angeles Angels.
“I’m good to go,” Perez said, indicating he’ll be ready come Opening Day.
The same, however, cannot be said of the bull that caused the entire mess in the first place, obviously. It turns out Perez, after having surgery in Texas, phoned his brother in Venezuela to relay his decision on the bull’s fate.
“It was good meat,” Perez said. “No more bull.”
And there you have it.