Left-hander Martin Perez returned to the Texas Rangers’ clubhouse on Monday morning in good spirits despite an injury that will sideline him for about two months.

Perez incurred a hairline fracture of the ulna bone in the left forearm when hit by a line drive during an appearance on Sunday against Seattle. Perez will not be able to throw for about four weeks, and the Rangers do not expect him to be game-ready until early May.

“This was my best spring, but it’s part of the game,” Perez said. “I’m going to be okay. I’m going to be focused so I can be back in a couple of months and help my team.”

The pace of Perez’s recovery depends somewhat on his pain tolerance. The club’s medical staff said Perez can do range-of-motion exercises to keep up the shoulder strength during the non-throwing period, if he can handle the discomfort.

Perez had established himself as the clear favorite to win be the fifth starter. Washington said the Rangers will not put another pitcher on a starter’s track to make up for Perez’s absence. The Rangers will continue to look at left-hander Robbie Ross and right-handers Justin Grimm, Kyle McClellan, Nick Tepesch and Randy Wells for the opening. McClellan remains limited by soreness in the right shoulder.

“We’re covered until (Perez) comes back,” Washington said.