NEW YORK -- Clear in his support of Oliver Perez following Tuesday's win over the Dodgers, Mets manager Jerry Manuel continues to stand by the struggling lefty -- for now.
"I think we've got to continue to give guys the opportunity and see what happens," Manuel said, a day after Perez walked four and allowed three runs in 3 2/3 innings. "I think there will come a time where, one way or the other, everybody will know whether this is dependable or not. But I don't think that is the case now."
Perez, for his part, stood by Manuel's decision to remove him in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game, saying afterward: "Jerry made the right decision to take me out, because I wasn't able to throw strikes."
Yet those control issues won't prevent Perez from making another start. Instead, Manuel will do nothing more than keep a close eye on Perez's bullpen session, ensuring that everything goes smoothly.
"But that's about it," Manuel said.