Ollie Perez to the DL...

ed feverCorrespondent IMay 7, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 26:  Oliver Perez #46 of the New York Mets reacts in the dugout after he was taken out of their game against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning 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)

I found the timing to be unusual, but the Mets eventually did what they should have done Sunday morning when Ollie showed up with an ice pack on his knee, and placed him on the disabled list.

The idea of the Mets fixing Perez as the second left handed reliever in the pen made very little sense. His pitching opportunities would have been inconsistent and more then likely would come in pressure situations.
There's been some speculation that the Mets wanted Ollie to volunteer for assignment, which they felt would endear him to the fan base, but after speaking with Scott Boras, they didn't get the sense that he was going to be receptive to that idea.
One of the good things about Ollie spending time with the team, before going out on assignment was that he received a lot of support from his teammates and for a very sensitive guy, that's very important.
The most telling story of Ollie's struggles came from Jerry Manuel who admitted that Ollie has be resisting using the rocking motion that he was so successful with, when Dan Warthen took over as the pitching coach.
Jon Niese will be will be recalled to fill in for Ollie, Niese has been struggling in AAA but his last outing was much better and more importantly he has options. More then likely Niese is only holding down the position until Tim Redding finishes his rehab assignment...
Conspiracy theorists will term his injury nothing more than inflammation of the ERA, but the Mets have placed erratic starter Oliver Perez on the disabled list after an MRI exam revealed patella tendinitis in the $36 million hurler's right knee.
source Daily News