Tag:Oliver Perez
Posted on: February 22, 2010 2:21 pm

Rehabbing with Jose Reyes

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Working with Mets doctors and rehabilitation specialists, shortstop Jose Reyes spent the winter in New York making sure his hamstring healed properly.

"I only went [home] to the Dominican Republic for two weeks, at Christmas," Reyes said during a discussion the other day. "It was hard. My family is very important, but this is very important for me. I depend on it for my game."

The rehab culiminated last week, when Reyes arrived in Port St. Lucie on Monday and began running outside on real grass for the first time since tearing his hamstring last summer.

"It's been better than I expected," he said. "It's been very good. Nothing to worry about."

It was something to worry about a few months ago, mainly in the immediate aftermath of the surgery.

"The first two weeks after the surgery there was a little concern because my leg felt weak," Reyes said. "I said I want to work hard and I know I'm going to be fine, and I've been doing that the past three months. And now I'm ready to go.

"I'm real glad with the work I did with the guys in New York."

He started running four or five weeks ago, he said, and it felt good when he did because he was a little scared of what might happen.

"You have to get that explosion in your first few steps," he said. "For the first month or two, that's always in your mind when you're running."

Reyes says he believes his problem last summer was that he tried to come back too soon, feeling a responsibility to return "because we have so many injuries."

As the summer wore on, he said he became so depressed at his mounting count of games missed that he reached a point where he couldn't even watch the Mets on television.

Now, he's back running on the Technicolor grass, moving fluidly to his right and ranging left into the hole to field grounders and, in a related development, smiling big.

There's no more concern when he runs, he says. The only difference is in his preparation.

At the direction of the medical staff, he warms up hard before stepping onto the field with a routine of stretching and riding an indoor stationary bicycle. It is a routine he will continue before every game this season, he says.

Otherwise, "I'm just trying to get ready for the season. I don't see big-league pitchers in a long time. I have to get ready, get back into baseball shape."

Sunblock Day? Sure is. Temperature zooming up to 80. Even avoided the rain that was supposed to hit the eastern side of Florida.

Likes: Don't look now, Mets fans, but manager Jerry Manuel and his staff were thrilled at Oliver Perez's first live bullpen of the spring the other day. What really struck Manuel is that Perez's foot was consistently landing in the same place on the mound upon his delivery. Ace Johan Santana was in the group and pointed that out to Perez as well. When Oliver is on, as we've seen, he can be nasty. But he's never graduated from diamond-in-the-rough status because he's never been able to harness his mechanics. Often, his landing foot hits the ground in different places upon his delivery. It's no coincicdence that Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax spent time with Perez on Monday. ... Veteran Kelvim Escobar, in camp fighting for a bullpen job, says he thinks his shoulder is advanced enough that he has a chance to be ready for opening day. Escobar always has been a class act, I wish him well. ... Good move by Mets GM Omar Minaya in hiring Wayne Krivsky, the former Reds GM and assistant GM in Minnesota and Texas, as an adviser during the offseason. ... The Oscars are coming, and you can do a whole lot worse than seeing Precious. It's depressing, yes, but it is really well done. ... I can honestly say Le Tub has not lost its burger magic. Had a chance to visit my favorite place the other afternoon, dinner in a driftwood booth on the Intracoastal waterway in the hot late afternoon sun while the boats cruised past. Terrific burger, as usual. There's one pound of meat in those bad boys.

Dislikes: Really hate to see Khalil Greene not show up to Texas' camp because of a return of his anxiety issues. Greene is a good kid who once was a terrific player. I hope he can get his issues resolved and join the Rangers soon. His 2009 manager, Tony La Russa, grimaced when told the news Monday morning. La Russa expressed dismay that he hadn't yet phoned Greene to wish him well with Texas, something he's been planning to do.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Pale invaders and tanned crusaders
"Are worshipping the sun
"On the corner of 'walk' and 'don't walk'
"Somewhere on US 1
"I'm back to livin' Floridays
"Blue skies and ultra-violet Rays
"Lookin' for better days"

-- Jimmy Buffett, Floridays

Posted on: August 7, 2009 1:36 am
Edited on: August 7, 2009 1:47 am

They've got the Mets pinned down

Over in one corner of the New York Mets' clubhouse Thursday afternoon, a laptop computer sat on a chair. Apparently abandoned in the middle of a war video game, a robotic voice emanating from the tiny speakers kept repeating, "They've got me pinned down here! They've got me pinned down here!"

It could have served as the motto for the 2009 Mets, who opened a seven-game trip to San Diego and Arizona five games under .500 (51-56) and 10 games behind first-place Philadelphia.

Still wiping the red from their faces over the fiasco in which Tony Bernazard, the angry and vicious little assistant general manager, was fired and GM Omar Minaya lashed out at a reporter, the beleaguered Mets currently are dizzy from the spin of their injury merry-go-round.

Let's see, if today is Thursday, then. ...

Pitcher Jonathon Niese must be out for the season (complete tear of the right upper hamstring from the bone).

Shortstop Jose Reyes is expected to be out for the season (with what the club is calling "significant" scar tissue and inflammation behind the right knee).

Reliever Bobby Parnell will be moved into the rotation for a spot start Saturday night in San Diego.

And Mike Pelfrey (home with wife Angela as the couple was expecting its first baby on Thursday) will be pushed back to Monday's start against Arizona.

"It's half my day," manager Jerry Manuel says of his time spent talking with trainers and analyzing who's available and who isn't.


A couple of other Mets observations:

-- Even if Philadelphia (61-45) plays .500 ball the rest of the way and the other two teams ahead of them -- Atlanta and Florida -- play sub-.500 ball, the Mets (51-57) must go 39-15 the rest of the way to win the division. That's playing at a .722 clip. The Mets have never scored that high of a winning percentage. Their best came in their 1986 World Series championship season, when they compiled a .667 winning percentage during the regular season.

-- Oliver Perez now has his hair pushed up into a Mohawk, much like last October's Tampa Bay Rays. Oliver Perez should forget his hair and put that effort into his pitching. The Man Who Can't Control His Mechanics currently is averaging nearly the same number of walks per inning (0.96) than St. Louis' Joel Pineiro is walks per nine innings (1.0).

-- Perez's number of walks has exceeded his number of innings pitched in six of his 10 starts this season. he can make it seven of 11 on Friday night in San Diego.

-- New York starters rank 12th among the league's 16 rotations with a 4.65 ERA. With large contributions from Perez, nobody in the NL has issued more walks than the Mets' starters (264).

-- The Mets already have roughly $90 million committed for 2010 to just seven players: Carlos Beltran ($20 million), Johan Santana ($21 million), Oliver Perez ($12 million), Frankie Rodriguez ($11 million), David Wright ($10.25 million), Jose Reyes ($9 million) and Luis Castillo ($6.25 million)

Likes: New Padre Clayton Richard learned one key thing from his old White Sox teammate Mark Buehrle: Get the ball, throw the ball. He's a fast worker, which the fielders playing behind him love. I never will understand why more pitchers don't figure that out. ... If this is the secret to longevity, sign me up for some: Around 4 p.m. Thursday, three hours before he was scheduled to pitch for the Mets, a clubhouse guy delivered a hefty cheeseburger to Livan Hernandez, straight from the visiting clubhouse kitchen.

Dislikes: It's a sad, sad day when the Dayton Daily News decides to stop covering the Cincinnati Reds and the legendary Hal McCoy is, in his words, "put out to pasture." Hal has been covering the Reds since the Big Red Machine days of the 1970s and knows more about baseball than most of us ever will. He's pure class, always has been, and he's had a wonderful run. He says he's finished after this year, and I can't tell you how much I'm going to miss seeing him in press boxes around the league. Godspeed, good buddy. ... If you want to know more about Hal, here you go, a column from July, 2006, on the eve of his induction into the writer's wing of the Hall of Fame.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"I got some groceries, some peanut butter
"To last a couple of days
"But I ain't got no speakers
"Ain't got no headphones
"Ain't got no records to play"

-- Talking Heads, Life During Wartime

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