Ollie To DL, Niese Recalled

Beleaguered Mets starter Oliver Perez will have time to sort out his 9.97 ERA, as the Mets have officially put him on the 15 day disabled list retroactive to May 3rd.

An MRI revealed patellar tendinitis (medical translation: his kneecap hurts).

Top prospect Jon Niese will be recalled from AAA Buffalo, and will make the start Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Added to by Joe D.:

Mets GM Omar Minaya addressed reporters after the game and announced that pitcher Oliver Perez will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with patella tendinitis. According to Minaya, Perez underwent an MRI this morning and it revealed the injury.

On Tuesday, there was a report on SI.com that said the commissioner would be cracking down on teams suspected of using the DL for phantom injuries, and I wonder if that’s why they didn’t place Perez on the DL immediately?

On Wednesday afternoon, I had reported that there was some doubt as to whether Ken Takahashi would be starting on Friday as reported on Monday by Jerry Manuel, as it turns out that Takahashi will remain in the bullpen after all.

As Sach first reported, Oliver Perez will be replaced by lefthander Jonathan Niese, who will make his first start of the season on Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Niese is 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Buffalo this season, but had a solid start his last time out pitching six innings and allowing just one run.