NEW YORK -- Oliver Perez may not have much of a chance to start on Saturday against the Phillies, but he also doesn't have much chance of being sent to the Minors.
Needing a Saturday starter to replace Hisanori Takahashi, the Mets have several options, such as giving Raul Valdes a spot start or promoting Pat Misch to the Majors. But if the Mets do dip into their farm system, they will need to demote someone on the current 25-man roster.
Perez, who in the past has exercised his right to refuse a Minor League assignment, is not an option.
"We've got a few different ways that we can go with that particular move," manager Jerry Manuel said. "Right now, Ollie has not been in the conversation about that at all."
Asked if Perez might be a candidate to start Saturday's game, Manuel replied, "Outside," indicating that he is not a leading option.
Most likely, if the Mets choose to recall Misch, they will be forced to option either Valdes or Manny Acosta to the Minors.
Perez, who has one more season remaining on his three-year, $36 million contract, has posted a 6.70 ERA this season and has not pitched since allowing the final four runs of a 14-1 loss to the D-backs earlier this month. But without his permission, the Mets cannot send him to the Minors. Their only option would be to cut him and absorb the remaining money on his contract.
After Perez refused a Minor League assignment earlier this season, the Mets placed him on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right knee. Including a lengthy Minor League rehab assignment, Perez was away from the team for nearly two months.