Hide the women and children — Oliver Perez is back! Not with the Mets, thank the Lord. The Seattle Mariners called him up from the minors.
He made his debut late Monday night, pitching 1.1 innings in a blowout loss to the Diamondbacks.
Perez has been toiling at the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma, pitching exclusively out of the bullpen. In 22 games he is 2-2 with a 4.65 ERA. He’s struck out 42 batters in 31 innings.
Last season he was in the Nationals system. Perez last touched a major league mound in 2010 when he went 0-5 for the Mets with a 6.80 ERA. Sandy Alderson released him during spring training of 2011, eating the final $12 million on that ill-advised contract.
It’ll be interesting to see what, if anything, Perez has left. He had absolutely nothing in his final two seasons with the Mets. Now 30 years old, perhaps he has matured. Probably not.