Diamondbacks shut down Oliver Perez with “dead arm”

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Oliver Perez has made a career-high 65 appearances for the Diamondbacks this season and now they’ve shut down the 32-year-old left-hander with a “dead arm.”

Perez has pitched well in the first season of a two-year, $4.25 million deal, throwing 57 innings with a 2.86 ERA and 70/21 K/BB ratio for his third straight strong campaign following years of struggling as a starter. He had a sub-2.00 ERA before recent problems.

Perez told Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic that he’d like to pitch again before the end of the season, but manager Kirk Gibson seems unlikely to give him the ball again, saying:

He’s not hurt. There’s just not much coming out. He’s got a dead arm. He hit a wall.

Perez had back-to-back seasons with an ERA over 6.00 for the Mets and then didn’t pitch in the majors at all in 2011, but since returning as a full-time reliever he’s got a combined 3.04 ERA with 168 strikeouts in 139 innings.