Mets to discuss Perez's future

Mets to discuss Perez's future

NEW YORK -- Oliver Perez's rotation spot may not be in jeopardy yet. But it's getting there.

After Perez walked a season-high seven batters, hit another and threw a wild pitch in 3 1/3 innings Sunday, Mets manager Jerry Manuel said he would discuss Perez's rotation spot this week.

"Those are some things that we'll have to reflect on," Manuel said. "We have to take everything into consideration as we contemplate and chew on it, marinate on it and see where we are."

A change, however, does not appear imminent.

"We will have to talk about it, reflect on it," Manuel said. "But as I sit here right now, I don't see us at this time making any changes."

If the Mets do decide to make a move, they could call on Hisanori Takahashi, who has been stellar in long relief for the Mets. Or they could tab knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who has a 2.56 ERA for Triple-A Buffalo and recently threw a complete game one-hitter.

Perez, though, seems likely to receive at least one more chance. And he is determined to improve upon his 0-2 record and 4.50 ERA, mostly the product of 26 walks in 30 innings.

"I know what I have to do," Perez said. "This is not going to happen again."