According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, MLB has told the Mets that they intend to review the circumstances leading up to the Mets placing Oliver Perez on the disabled list and want a copy of his latest MRI which prompted the Mets to DL him on Saturday..
There are some conflicting reports that the Mets had sent Perez for an MRI on Friday which revealed tendinitis in the knee, and another report that Perez approached the Mets on Friday and told Jerry Manuel he was in pain. Perez also told reporters that he felt fine that same day before the game.
Perez had season-ending surgery to repair a tendon in his right knee last Sept. 1, but has repeatedly said this season that he is healthy. “They hit me well, and, you know, that happens,” he said after allowing seven runs in 31/3 innings against the Marlins on May 14. “I just have to keep it up and get work in, because I feel fine.”
Asked again on Thursday about his physical condition, Perez said, “I feel fine.”
He then visited with a team doctor, had an MRI, was diagnosed with tendinitis, put on the disabled list and was scheduled to travel to Florida to begin his rehab on Saturday.
The Mets had been trying to get Perez to accept a demotion to the minors for the last two weeks and there is some doubt as to whether his knee is really injured or if this is just a case of the Mets finding creative ways to circumvent the rules to add another player to the roster in Jon Niese without having to cut another player from the roster.
The Mets ran into a similar situation with John Maine when they placed him on the disabled list with what they called a weak shoulder. However the next day Maine told anyone who would listen that he is fine and there is nothing wrong with his shoulder. He is currently pitching in rehab games.
That’s two eerily similar cases of the Mets placing players on the DL that both came out afterward to say they were fine.
Jerry Manuel was asked to comment and said he understood why the timing of the DL announcement would create skepticism,
“This, purely, is Oliver Perez,” he said. “This is not … Oliver Perez came in and said that his knee bothered him.”
According to Martin, several Mets players privately expressed relief that the situation has been resolved. “We like Ollie,” one player said. “But something had to give here.”
We’ll keep an eye on this and report any new developments.