â†µOliver Perez has pitched poorly this year. The Mets wanted to demote him to AAA, but he has a stipulation in his contract that prevents that. Perez developed patella tendinitis and was sent to the disabled list on Saturday. How convenient for the Mets! â†µâ†µ
â†µWell, except for the MLB probe into whether or not Perez is actually hurt. MLB will review Perez' medical history, including the MRI on his knee taken last week. It's not clear what would happen if Perez isn't actually hurt, but it suffices to say that it would probably not be good for the Mets. â†µâ†µ
â†µAnd I'd bet Perez isn't actually hurt. â†µâ†µ
â†µThe anonymous "We want him gone" reports certainly seem to paint the Mets clubhouse as a place that doesn't want him there. There's no real reason the Mets would want a player who's given up 27 earned runs in 38 2/3 innings on the active roster. And Perez is conspicuously absent from media reports on his situation, which could be because he can't be trusted to parrot the party line. In general, an injury miraculously solving the Mets' problems just seems too good to be true: The Mets don't get lucky like this. â†µâ†µ
â†µIt's possible, of course, that the Mets aren't lying about Perez' injury and rightly sent him to the DL. But the convenience of the injury prompted three teams to ask MLB for the review, and I think they're right to ask. â†µâ†µ
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