Oliver Perez, Take Two

June 26, 2009

With Oliver Perez’ imminent return from the disabled list, Mets fans may want to start asking themselves if they’re ready for it. Looking back on Perez’ five starts this season may make you want to question whether the left-hander’s second act is worth waiting for. In defense of the good Ollie, he was suffering from what doctors diagnosed as patellar tendinitis of the knee. For the time being, we’ll have to take their word for it. Who knows, that might be just a medical term for bad mechanics. The only real evidence Mets fans have is that Perez was seen limping around the Mets clubhouse with ten pounds of ice strapped to his right knee after an embarrassing pitching performance against the Philadelphia Phillies. In that outing, Perez lasted just two and a third innings and surrendered five hits and four earned runs along with six walks.

This past Monday, the unpredictable left-hander participated in his first rehab start, a sixty pitch simulation with a ninety pitch outing to follow. Not to take anything away from the Port St. Lucie Mets, but six runs and seven hits in three innings, I would think that a $36 million pitcher has got to have a better showing than that. After the outing, Perez sounded upbeat. His knee was no longer an issue and his aspirations were indeed high. “My arm is okay,” he said, “I just have to go 100 pitches and I’ll be ready.” Oh, is that all? Why stop at a hundred? Perez makes it sound so simple, but you can’t blame Mets fans who may be skeptical when he takes the mound sometime next week.

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