Oliver Perez gave up a leadoff single to Hanley Ramirez (which Ramirez unsuccessfully tried to stretch into a double) to bump our NoNoHitters.com no hitters count to 7,323 games. But that’s OK, as the Mets won 13-0.
Perez had a great outing, striking out 8, scattering 5 hits and walking just one in 6 innings of work. The 26-year-old lefty from Mexico, is coming off his best season, going 15-10 with a 3.56 ERA. It was good enough to earn him a $6.5 million salary for this year, and the Mets hope he’ll earn it this season, especially with Pedro Martinez just being placed on the disabled list.
The team says Martinez likely will miss 4-6 weeks.
To take his roster spot, the Mets called up Nelson Figueroa from the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs and gave him immediate work – a 3-up 3-down inning in relief of Perez.
Manager Willie Randolph hasn’t yet set who will take Martinez’s scheduled start. Perez could move up under a four-man rotation, or Jorge Sosa could be pulled out of the bullpen.