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Monday, February 21, 2011

Oliver Perez impresses in camp

Today in the Mets’ first full squad workout Monday  Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran were following each other into the batters’ box which was not seen too much in 2010.  But also two new arms and a familiar one were displaying promise, which encouraged pitching coach Dan Warthen..

Chris Young, Chris Capuano and Oliver Perez all had solid workouts for the Mets, giving pitching coach Dan Warthen reason to smile.

Young and Capuano, particularly, figure into the Mets’ plans this season. Both pitchers, coming off arm injuries, are competing for spots in the starting rotation.

“These guys have thrown more pitches probably than anybody since they’ve been down here,” Warthen said referring to Young and Capuano. “They have shown no ill-effects whatsoever. They both seem to be throwing free and easy and voicing no complaints whatsoever, so it’s very encouraging.”

Perez was around the strike zone and impressed the Mets with the command of his breaking ball. Perez, in his last chance with the Mets, is trying to win a spot in the starting rotation but could be considered for a lefty specialist role.

“He looked good; he was throwing strikes,” Beltran said. “He threw me a couple of cutters, something he’s trying to throw this year, and he looked good to me.”

Source: Mike Puma/ NYPost

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