Richard Simmons was last seen entering the Mets locker room in Port St. Lucie carrying a fairly worn copy of "Sweatin' to the Oldies." His target: Oliver Perez.
It seems our new multi-million dollar man needs to get in some better shape. The Daily News quoted Mets pitching coach, Dan Warthen, as saying "I think he's out of shape, the arm is out of shape..."
This is fantastic news. Not only did we send our second highest paid starting pitcher to the WBC, but he comes back out of shape because he wasn't working out while playing in the WBC.
Where was Ollie's babysitter? Come on. The Mets should have known Head Case Perez can't be trusted to wander off on his own. Do you think he's a mature, responsible adult?
Perez's troubles were evident in his last outing when he got lit up for six runs and six walks in just over three innings of work. Between Perez's issues and Maine's troubles, the once hopeful duo of pitchers is now looking more like the combo of Bill Pulsipher and Dae Sun Koo.
If Perez doesn't get his act together quickly.his physical shape won't be the only issue as his delicate mental state will be prone to shatter if he doesn't get off to a good start this season. Then the Mets are in a world of hurt because it will take a combination of Dr. Phil and the Dog Whisperer to get Perez back to where he should be.