Oliver Perez Update

Yup … Ollie is done for the season. He’ll be undergoing season-ending surgery on his knee.

Suddenly the release of Livan Hernandez isn’t looking so smart. Can Nelson Figueroa start twice in a five-day period?


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  1. Mike August 26, 2009 at 4:31 pm
    Broadway is coming home…

    Honestly who else is available? A quick glance at the 40-man roster shows Broadway and Ken Takahashi as possible candidates. Broadway is probably getting the call.

  2. joejanish August 26, 2009 at 4:36 pm
    Too bad the Mets don’t have Chan Ho Park any more … it would be fun to have a rotation of Park,Broadway, and Maine …. of course, we’d want Huston Street in the bullpen as well …
  3. Nick August 26, 2009 at 6:56 pm
    Who cares if Livan is gone? I sure dont
  4. joejanish August 26, 2009 at 7:06 pm
    Nick, I don’t think anyone would disagree — no one is going to directly miss Livan Hernandez.

    But, there’s now another hole in the rotation, which means the Mets have to plug in someone else — i.e., Tim Redding, Pat Misch, Ken Takahashi or Lance Broadway to eat up the innings. Which means at least one less man in long relief. Which means more toll on the bullpen, and/or more pushing of Bobby Parnell.

    This season may not matter, but we don’t want any more injuries going into next year. Overuse, and pitching post-fatigue, are what lead to injuries.

  5. mic August 26, 2009 at 9:33 pm
    First: Ollie was done in Spring training. He was probably injured at the WBC and Jeff Coupon refused to acknowledge it.

    Second: Lance is hardly a desired billing. Rather I’d like to see Tobi Stoner. along those lines I would not be opposed to a look at Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mason, Bostick (as a reliever)and Arturo Lopez.

    Third: I’d not blink if Pedro lite, Redding were traded in the next 5days. I’ve not heard anything about them being on waivers.

  6. murph August 27, 2009 at 2:16 am
    All I can say is that it is going to be a long September for the bullpen with a rotation of:
    and the new guy
  7. isuzudude August 27, 2009 at 9:37 am
    Mic: I think you’re right about Ollie being hurt all season. I know we like to poke fun at Perez for being an incompetent baffoon who can’t throw strikes and may be apt to over-exaggerating injuries to get himself out of the public eye, but perhaps he really was dealing with a lot of knee pain since the WBC ended. Who knows for sure. But now that he’s going under the knife, there certainly is a lot more credence to the theory that Perez was pitching hurt all year.

    Also, Mic, I’m in your boat regarding Tobi Stoner. He’s no top prospect or anything, but he’s gotta be viewed as a bigger part of the Mets’ future than Lance Broadway. Stoner certainly was holding his own at AAA better than Broadway, despite being a year and a half younger, having one less year of minor league development, and 56 less AAA appearances. Stoner’s not on the 40-man roster, which may pose as an obstacle, but it’s time the Mets get serious about turning the page to the future rather than recycling the same bland prospects over and over. Does Carlos Muniz still belong on the 40-man roster? Andy Green? Can’t John Maine, Johan Santana, Jose Reyes, or Oliver Perez be transferred to the 60-day DL?

    To continue, I would also like to see Adam Bostick called up, along with Jason DuBois and Eddie Kunz. Nieuwenhuis is way too raw though. He’s just 21 and hasn’t had an atbat over A+ ball yet, so no need to rush him. I’d rather take a peek at Lucas Duda, or the potentially incoming Chris Carter, if given the option. Chris Mason is intriguing, and just threw a gem in his first start for Buffalo, but I think the Mets view him as more AAA filler than future starter. Same with Arturo Lopez.

    I wouldn’t trade Feliciano now because he’s still valuable for 2010’s team, and could probably fetch more in a deal (if you were desperate to get rid of him for some reason) during the offseason rather than through non-release trade waivers. And who would want Tim Redding?

    Good call on Matt Murton (as posted in a previous board). He’s been a stud everywhere he’s gone and this is as good a time as any for the Mets to snatch him up.

  8. joejanish August 27, 2009 at 9:45 am
    Murph – the rotation had me concerned before but after seeing it listed in black and white it made me ill. Thanks.

    Mic – good point on Murton, there will be a post later today.

    Mic and ‘dude – good points on the possible callups. I’m trying really hard to get motivated enough to think about any of them. Some are career minor leaguers, others are fringe prospects. Dozen of one, 12 of the other. Can there be a diamond in the rough there somewhere? Maybe. More likely, the Mets discover a new LOOGY or long man or fifth OF for 2010. Yee ha.

  9. mic August 27, 2009 at 1:06 pm
    EXACTLY my point.
    -Bostick has been a very good reliver, having been converted from a starter….finally.
    -Arturo Lopez could be a new Pedro lite as a lefty releiver. All are viable pieces to next yrs team.
    -Lucas Duda is a nice call too
    -Kunz: I’d trade him now.