Oliver Perez buys himself some time, but the end is nigh

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Yesterday we heard that if Oliver Perez had another bad outing that he could have been run out of town on a rail.  So lucky for him he didn’t have another bad outing. In fact, he had a darn good one: two scoreless innings, no walks and more strikes than balls. It probably bought him another start.

But it probably didn’t save his skin. Andy Martino reports that Perez is still probably a dead man walking as far as the Mets are concerned:

While Oliver Perez remains officially in the rotation competition, the Mets have decided internally that he will not be a starter during the regular season, sources say, and the team remains likely to release its $36 million pitcher before Opening Day. But Perez probably pitched well enough Thursday to earn another Grapefruit League appearance.

Really: what’s the point of giving him another start if he’s not going to be on the team? There are a finite number of innings to be doled out during spring training. Why not give them to someone who might actually benefit the Mets in 2011?

Starling Marte carted off field after outfield collision

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Pirates center fielder Starling Marte was carted off the field during the eighth inning of Friday’s contest against the Giants. Marte was racing in to field a fly ball from Yangervis Solarte when he collided at full speed with shortstop Erik González. The two were knocked down by the impact and quickly attended to by the Pirates’ staff, who helped Marte sit up on a cart and removed him from the game.

The extent of either player’s injuries, if any, have yet to be revealed. Following the incident, both Marte and González were officially removed from the lineup, with JB Shuck shifting from left to center field, Jung Ho Kang moving over to shortstop, Colin Moran covering third base, and Jason Martin in the left field corner.

The Pirates currently lead the Giants 4-1 in the ninth.