by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
Diamondbacks ship RP Oliver Perez to Astros on Friday
The Diamondbacks announced that they have traded left-handed reliever Oliver Perez to the Astros. Perez is in the midst of a fine 2015 campaign. In 48 games for Arizona, Perez posted a 3.10 ERA over 29 innings of work. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 23 consecutive outings. The veteran lefty will provide the Astros with addition to a beleaguered bullpen, as they prepare for a playoff run. He is expected to join the Astros on Sunday in the series-finale against the A's. In exchange, the Diamondbacks will receive minor league pitcher Junior Garcia from the Astros. The 19-year-old left-hander owns a shiny 0.96 ERA over 37 1/3 innings in the lower levels of the Astros' farm system.
by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer
Diamondbacks pitcher Oliver Perez adjusting delivery
Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale is trtying to calm down pitcher Oliver Perez and his delivery motion, according to AZCentral.com. Perez's delivery tends to vary from pitch to pitch, leading to his inconsistency. Perez is 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA in 10 innings of work this season. "We're trying to calm him down with all the different windups he uses," Hale said. "Once he gets in the game, he speeds up and seems to want to go to the Luis Tiantone and the quick pitch. … It's hard to be consistent with the release point when you're doing all those different things." Perez also has 13 strikeouts with just four walks on the year. "I'm looking at everything with my mechanics," Perez said. "We're really looking at video and trying to get a good rhythm in my bullpens. It's one of those times when you have to work."
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
Oliver Perez blows save, loses game for Diamondbacks
Diamondbacks reliever Oliver Perez suffered a blown save and took the loss on Friday, against Philadelphia. Perez entered the game in seventh, with two runners on and no outs, protecting a two run lead. He allowed both inherited runners to score and gave up a run of his own. Perez allowed one hit in 1/3 of an inning, adding a wild pitch. He dropped to 1-1 on the season with a 6.52 ERA.
by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer
Diamondbacks' Oliver Perez to see decrease in innings this year
Diamondbacks relief pitcher Oliver Perez won't be used as often as he was in 2014, manager Chip Hale said per MLB.com. Perez threw in a career-high 68 games in 2014 and Hale doesn't want to over-exert his reliever. "We felt like he threw maybe too much last year and just back him off and just face certain hitters and maybe an inning," Hale said. "That's the max for him." Perez knows his body and gave it time to rest after the long season in 2014. "I guess at the end I felt tired, but that's why I took the offseason off," Perez said. "I didn't play winter ball because I'm not 21 anymore, so I have to take care of myself. I rested until December. I feel good right now, and maybe shorter would be better this year. I'll be ready every time like always."
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
Diamondbacks: Oliver Perez dealing with dead arm
Diamondbacks lefty reliever Oliver Perez has been shut down with what the team is describing as a dead arm. He is coming off successive appearances last weekend that resulted in decreased velocity and arm soreness. Perez has yielded seven earned runs in his last two innings pitched. If he is done for the season, it will end with a 3-4 record and 2.86 ERA in a career-high 65 outings.
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Oliver Perez dealing with 'dead arm'
The Diamondbacks have shut down pitcher Oliver Perez indefinitely, as he experiences "dead arm," per the Arizona Republic. Perez lasted only one-third of an inning on Sunday, his last appearance. He owns a 2.86 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 56 2/3 innings of work. It remains to be seen if he'll pitch again this season."I think I could go more but sometimes you have to take care of yourself and have a couple days off because it's a long season," Perez said. "When you're tired, you don't have a lot of power."
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
Oliver Perez hit with the loss Thursday
Diamondbacks pitcher Oliver Perez was hit with a loss Thursday against the Nationals. Perez entered a tie game in the eighth inning, and was able to hold the Nationals scoreless for an inning. He came out to start the ninth, but was pulled after giving up a single to Denard Span. Span would steal second against Evan Marshall, and came around to score on a throwing error for the walkoff win. Perez was charged with the run and the loss. He dropped to 2-3.
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
Diamondbacks fielding calls for Oliver Perez
The Diamondbacks have not received many trade offers leading up to the deadline, but the Arizona Republic reports Thursday reliever Oliver Perez is one possibility to move before 4 p.m. Perez has emerged as a valuable contributor out of the Diamondbacks bullpen, posting a 1.94 ERA in 41 2/3 innings of work as a left-handed specialist.
by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer
Report: Andrew Miller is top relief target for Braves
Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller is believed to be the Braves' top bullpen target with the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looming, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Diamondbacks reliever Oliver Perez, Cubs reliever Wesley Wright, Rangers reliever Neal Cotts, Astros reliever Tony Sipp and Marlins reliever Mike Dunn are other left-handed relievers believed to be available in a trade and could be targets for Atlanta.
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Oliver Perez can't force game into extras on Sunday
Diamondbacks pitcher Oliver Perez was unable to force the game to extra innings in the ninth inning of Sunday's game against the Padres in San Diego.Perez (0-1) permitted a run to score on a fielder's choice in the ninth inning to take the loss. He was charged with one run on two hits and no walks while striking out one in one-third of an inning in a 4-3 defeat. He owns a 4.50 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 14 innings of work.