Oliver Perez Pitches Rehab Game...

ed feverCorrespondent IMay 17, 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)

Oliver Perez has begun the long road back to the major league roster. Just in case anyone thought the knee injury was bogus, Perez took a week off from all baseball activities.

After signing a big contract ( 3 years - 36MM ) which many people felt ( including myself ) was a mistake, Perez has been absolutely awful and had it not been for the injury, the Mets may have been forced to ask him to accept a demotion.

With most players, given that situation, you would wonder if they were pressing after signing a big contract. However, with Ollie it might be the opposite, he may have rested on his laurels and then couldn't get it together.

In five starts Perez was 1-2 with an ERA of 9.97, in which he allowed 24 runs on 28 hits and 21 walks, while only striking out 20.

The organization was happy with what they saw from Perez in his first rehab outing, he struck out seven and did not allow a run but walked four... Perez was placed on the disabled list on May 7 because of patellar tendinitis in his right knee. But the assignment probably had as much to do with his head after a 9.97 ERA in five starts. Tony Bernazard, the Mets' vice president of player development, said that Perez is making adjustments that should help him rediscover his old delivery.

"He looked very good," Bernazard said. source Newsday