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Oliver Perez notches win in Double-A debut for Nationals

May 20, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

Oliver Perez AP

Signed to a minor-league contract by the Nationals after being released by the Mets during spring training, Oliver Perez made his Double-A debut yesterday and picked up a victory with five innings of one-run ball.

Perez, who’s being paid $12 million by the Mets this season, allowed just one run against the Twins’ affiliate and perhaps most importantly handed out just two walks.

Of course, he threw only 44 of 79 pitches for strikes, managed only three strikeouts versus a pretty weak lineup, and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that his velocity was still in the mid-80s, so Perez was hardly dominant with pinpoint control.

Still, considering how awful he’s been for several years now it’s a big step in the right direction.

  1. aronmantoo - May 20, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    He mat very well be an all-star double a pitcher, Or not. Just happy he’s not a Met any longer

  2. misterbill99 - May 20, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    If he’d gone to AA last year for the Mets, he would not been quite as reviled as he was by Mets fans.

  3. misterbill99 - Jul 15, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    I just looked him up, and he’s been on the DL for a month. His record is 2-1.

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