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UPDATE: Oliver Perez appears in game for first time since August 1

Aug 30, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

UPDATE: Perez allowed just the one run, but he threw just 14 out of 29 pitches for strikes and walked two. By my count, he only had one swinging-strike. If his past usage is any indication, this means we won’t see him again until September 27.

9:43 PM: All good things must come to an end. Oliver Perez just entered tonight’s game against the Braves in the bottom of the seventh inning and promptly gave up a long home run to Brian McCann. Sigh.

9:25 PM: Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com did some research and according to Elias Sports Bureau, it turns out that Oliver Perez’s current streak of 25 games without an appearance is the longest streak by a major league pitcher this season. Perez last pitched against the Diamondbacks on August 1. Ross Wolf of the Athletics went 21 straight games without an appearance from July 30-August 21.

This isn’t a surprise, really, but it’s not like the Mets starters have even given him a chance to mop-up. While their offense has been out to lunch since the All-Star break, Mets starters have a fantastic 3.03 ERA this month.

  1. Dwight Evans Mustache - Aug 31, 2010 at 6:30 AM

    What a waste of roster space!

  2. Nsblend - Aug 31, 2010 at 7:02 AM

    Oliver Perez is such a loser. Doesnt he realize mets fans around the world HATE him? Doesnt he realize he belongs in the minors? Id be so embarrassed sitting on the bench for a month straight not pitching, knowing my team/fans hate me and want me out. Just accept the minor league assignment and accept the fact you are POOP. How ignorant is this guy??

  3. BC - Aug 31, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    Maybe they can pull a Berkman and put his on the “phantom DL”.

  4. Kung - Aug 31, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Yeah, seriously. If he wants to get any more money than his current contract he would go to the minors and work on stuff. But apparently he’s good with the current contract and no future. Lazy bum.

  5. YANKEES1996 - Aug 31, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    He is just ignorant enough to have the Mets on the hook for $12 million and he can refuse a minor league reassignment due to time of Major League service. It does have to be just a little embarrassing to sit on the bench for a month at a time though between appearances, but for $12 million bucks this year and next I’m betting he will get used to it.

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