With all the high-priced Mets on the disabled list, it somehow seems fitting that the player who makes it back first is Oliver Perez.
Will Perez make a difference on this dormant squad? Probably not. But he does lead the Mets in one important statistic.
Perez has three hits in seven at bats for a .429 average. He also has a walk, which means his on-base percentage is .500.
Did someone say leadoff hitter?
Hey, if Jerry Manuel can put Fernando Tatis at second base, it's clear that he will do anything to generate offense, no matter how ludicrous.
With two shutouts in a row, Manuel can't afford to leave this on-base machine in the nine hole.
That is, if Manuel wants to be sure that Ollie will get a turn at bat.