Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Glavine's replacement

J.P. Pelzman at North Jersey gives an overview on the potential replacement for Tom Glavine's one start he's to miss:

The Mets already have penciled in Dave Williams for another start Thursday against St. Louis. Williams, obtained in a trade from Cincinnati in May, is 19-29 over parts of five major league seasons with an ERA of 4.57. But the lefty allowed only one run in the first five innings against Colorado on Saturday before his legs cramped up in the sixth. And he certainly believes in himself.

Bannister, who hasn't pitched in the majors since suffering a hamstring injury while running the bases at San Francisco on April 26, could have made that start instead of Williams, except he pitched for Class AAA Norfolk on Aug. 15 and would have had only three days of rest. But his rehab is going well, and he could be back with the Mets this week, if needed.

Minaya also said the rehab of phenom Mike Pelfrey, who has a strained muscle in his back, is going well, and that Pelfrey is expected to make a rehab start in the minors this week.

Minaya also mentioned Oliver Perez, who was acquired from Pittsburgh in the Xavier Nady trade, as a potential starter. Perez is 1-2 with a 6.05 ERA in four starts for Norfolk, but did throw seven shutout innings against Charlotte in a 1-0 victory Saturday.

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