Oliver Perez and the Ever-So Convenient “Injury”

Michael GanciCorrespondent IMay 4, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 26:  Oliver Perez #46 of the New York Mets is taken out of their game against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning by manager Jerry Manuel on April 26, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

In recent days, people have been talking about what the right move for Oliver Perez would be. Some of the options that have been discussed are a demotion to Triple A, putting him in the bullpen or even asking him to move lower in this system than Triple A to try to get his game back.

After it became seemingly certain that the Mets were going to put him in the bullpen, it was revealed to us that Oliver Perez has been battling “knee pain” for the entire season, and he even had an ice pack on the knee yesterday morning. Now, it seems like there is a chance that he can end up on the Disabled List with this injury that I think is a big fat lie.

The only thing that is injured right now is Oliver’s ego. He has shown that right now, he is incapable of getting a major league batter out. When you can’t throw the ball down the middle to the opposing pitcher, you realize that it may be time to step aside and take a look at yourself.

Perez is under the added pressure of a man who just signed a brand new contract. Mets fans are not likely to be as patient with a guy that is due to earn $36 million over the next three seasons.

By having them play out the injury angle, the Mets are trying to substantiate his poor pitching, as if this knee problem is the reason why he has been so terrible so far in 2009. Well, I think it is nothing but a big publicity stunt, and Oliver Perez is as healthy as an ox.

Either way, the Mets need to get Perez some work somewhere else, because every time that Perez takes the hill, the team knows that they are going to have to work that much harder to have a chance to win.

Now it looks like Oliver is going to have to prove that he can contribute on the Major League level, and sooner rather than later, he will be back in Queens with another chance to shine.

Let the roller-coaster ride of Oliver Perez’s career continue.