Oliver Perez to DL, Niese Recalled

The New York Mets have sent beleaguered starter-turned-reliever-turned distraction Oliver Perez to the DL (knee tendinitis) to make room for starter Jonathon Niese.

Adam Rubin reported yesterday that others players thought Ollie’s knee was “messed up.”

The move ends the firestorm, both public and private, over what the Mets should do with their $36 million man.

As discussed on this site, every single day, Perez has refused a minor league assignment for a week-and-a-half, which he is legally allowed to do under the CBA. A move which has garnered intense criticism from fans, sportwriters, and even two teammates.

The Mets waited until the last minute to get Oliver to accept demotion, but he did not.

The Mets found their cop-out through his knee for the second year in a row. According to Rubin, the Mets had Ollie take an MRI after the return from San Diego.

Perez in 0-3, with a 6.28 ERA, and 1.996 WHIP, however the most damaging stat is his 7.7 BB/9IP.

Perez is owed roughly $20 million from now until the end of the 2011 season.

Niese, who had been on the DL with a right hamstring strain. Niese re-injured the same leg from last year.

Niese (1-2, 4.79 ERA) will take the mound against the Florida Marlins today at 4:10 PM.

BTW: This is the same knee that forced Oliver into season-ending surgery last year.

Interesting Fact: This is now the second time in thirteen months that Perez has been sent to the DL for sucking (knee-problems, technically), in a transaction which has included Jon Niese being recalled.

For posterity’s sake, here is the article that I (with Joe D.’s assist) wrote on it last year. It is interesting to look back on it, and the comments, and see just how much has changed and how much has stayed the same.