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Franklin Perez, ranked the Tigers’ top prospect by The Detroit News, is expected to miss at least 12 weeks recovering from a lat strain.

The team made the announcement Monday night. At this time, no surgery is required.

Perez, 20, a right-handed pitcher out of Venezuela, came to the Tigers last August in the blockbuster trade that sent Justin Verlander to the Houston Astros.

In parts of three minor-league seasons, he has a 3.33 ERA, 1.217 WHIP and 214 strikeouts in 203 innings. He split 2017 between high-A and Double-A ball, but has yet to pitch in a game in the Tigers’ system.

Baseball America and MLB Pipeline have Perez listed as the Tigers’ top prospect, just ahead of Alex Faedo, their first-round draft pick from last summer. MLB Pipeline has Perez listed as the No. 39 prospect in all of baseball.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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