The Rangers' probable pitchers for the club's upcoming series at Minute Maid Park will be:
Friday (7:10)-LHP Martin Perez (1st start)
Saturday (6:10)-RHP Colby Lewis (8-4, 4.77)
Sunday (1:10)-RHP Yovani Gallardo (7-8, 2.62)
Perez is scheduled to make his first major league start since May 10, 2014 when he lost to Boston at Globe Life Park. He was placed on the DL on May 14 and had Tommy John surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow on May 19. The left-hander was 4-3, 4.38 in eight total starts a year ago, going 4-0, 1.42 in his first five outings of the year. He has a career major league record of 15-13 with a 4.13 ERA in 40 games/34 starts.
Perez was 0-1, 4.56 (13 ER/25.2 IP) in six starts on rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco (3.18 ERA in 2 GS) and Round Rock (0-1, 4.95 in 4 GS). He lost to New Orleans, 7-4 on Sunday night in his last outing (6.0 IP, 12 H, 5 R-ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 96 pitches).
Mendez was recalled by Texas on July 11 but did not appear in a game in his second stint with the Rangers this season.