PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP)—New York Mets left-hander Oliver Perez is getting back on track.
Perez, on the disabled list since May 7, threw 48 pitches in three shutout innings of an extended spring training game Thursday at the Mets’ rehab facility. He gave up three hits and one walk, and struck out five in the pain-free performance that came after a recent setback.
“I felt really good,” said Perez, whose fastball was clocked in the low 90s.
“I’m a little tired because it’s hot, but I feel strong. I threw three innings, and I was using all my pitches. I used my slider, backdoor, in good situations, behind the count, my change-up, too.
“I’m happy I had good command, and I was throwing a lot of strikes.”