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UPDATE: MLB will review Oliver Perez's medical records

Jun 5, 2010, 5:53 PM EDT

Oliver Perez headshot.JPGUPDATE: According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, major league baseball plans to independently review Oliver Perez’s medical records, including the MRI that he underwent on Friday.

“This could be 100 percent legitimate,” the official said. “When there
are questions, we look into it.”

According to the report, the official said the league often goes this route when injuries are in need of clarification.

The Mets have been very public about their desire to get Perez off the major league roster, so the news about the left-hander’s knee is rather convenient. We’ll soon see if there is any funny business going on.

12:15 PM:
Kevin Burkhardt of confirms that Oliver Perez is going on the disabled list with patella tendinitis in his surgically-repaired right knee. Jon Niese will be activated from the disabled list to start against the Marlins on Saturday afternoon.

9:13 AM: The Mets have been trying their darndest to get the struggling Oliver Perez off the active
roster, especially with Jon Niese’s return from the disabled list scheduled for Saturday. And it looks like they may have finally found their loophole. “Multiple teammates” told Adam Rubin of that they expect Oliver Perez to soon land on the disabled list with a knee injury.

This screams phantom injury, but one teammate told Rubin that Perez underwent an MRI on the knee after the Mets returned from San Diego this week, so perhaps there’s actually something physical going on. While Perez underwent season-ending surgery on his right knee last September, it’s not known which knee is affecting him right now.

There’s some history here, as Perez landed on the disabled list last May with right patella tendinitis in the midst of another poor start. 

  1. Old Gator - Jun 5, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Please let him take his start against the Feesh first. In return, they promise to smear Vaseline on their hands when they bat. Well, petroleum jelly, anyhowse. Scrooge McLoria shops generic. And yeah, it’s the same stuff they smear on their hands when they’re in the field.

  2. John Pileggi - Jun 5, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    By declining a minor league assignment, Perez (and Steve Boros) are hurting his career. He has one more year left at about $10 million. After that, what team wants to take a chance on a guy who is not loyal to his team and his teammates?

  3. GimmeSomeSteel - Jun 5, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Don’t insult Steve Boros by using his name when you mean Scott Boras. :-)
    The injury sounds phantom to me, but I doubt that anyone really cares at this point, even the Mets’ opponents. The guy was only being used in mop-up duty anyway. OTOH, getting players to go along with a made-up story would likely require a degree of coordination and imagination not generally associated with the Mets’ front office.

  4. Old Gator - Jun 5, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    What a mess the Mutts have with Perez. Even assuming the injury is real, they’re still dithering about what to do with him. The money he’s owed is a lost cause anyway, so give him his release as soon as he comes off the DL and get it over with. He stinks up the field, his recalcitrance is bringing out the worst possible behavior in his teammates, and it’s getting more and more difficult to figure out who it is he thinks he’s trying to convince that he has some further utility for the organization.
    Regardless, the Mutts filleted the Feesh again today, and the hometown Macondo boys skidded around to the south side of the strange attractor again. This is, as I’ve pointed out, the same pattern they’ve been running for a couple of years now: very streaky performance, with hot streaks against good teams followed by schneids against poor ones, and vice versa, with an inevitable fizzle down the stretch. Their fielding has improved somewhat over the past few weeks – they don’t look like the stumblebums they were during most of the first two months of the season. But their hitting has been frustratingly erratic, even as Chris Coghlan seems to have found his traction and Ronnie Paulino has been a tremendous surprise in filling in for the DL-bound John Baker.
    But this is a team without American League power trying to play American League baseball. Despite some good team speed they don’t run – I think they’re either last or second to last in stolen bases. They don’t advance runners. They lay back waiting for the dingers and the dingers aren’t coming. And the middle relief is nightmarish, while the back end of the boolpen, though effective somehow, always toys with disaster. That’s fun from a fan’s point of view, but so is masochistic sex. Sooner or later it catches up with you.
    I heard a horrifying Feesh stat today: they’re 26-0 when leading in the 8th inning, but 0-24 when behind in the eighth inning. This utter inability to come from behind is a hallmark of mediocrity. I’ll repeat what I’ve been writing here since spring training: as presently, cheaply constituted, this team will be lucky to finish over .500 this year.

  5. walk - Jun 5, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    Mlb needs to get its priorities straight. They need review the one hit perfect game where an actual error was made instead of this snipe hunt.

  6. Charles Gates - Jun 6, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    I wait in anticipation for this thing to come back and blow up in the Mets’ faces like an exploding cigar given to a new father who lights it just as the doctor gives him the news that the baby isn’t his… The transpirings seemed all perfect and everything, right up until BANG!!!.
    Next up on the agenda, what do we name the pending fiasco? Obviously we need some media driven cliche, so here’s what I have off the top of my head:
    1. MRI-Gate
    2. DL-Gate
    3. Kneed An Excuse To Get Rid Of Ollie
    4. More Of The Same In Queens

  7. cmoore019 - Jun 6, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    “Don’t insult Steve Boros by using his name when you mean Scott Boras. :-)”
    That has to be the best line ever !

  8. Old Gator - Jun 6, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    I dunno. I’m still pretty fond of “nobody ever lost a penny by underestimating the taste of the American public.”

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