Ollie, Maine clocks may again start ticking

Left-hander Oliver Perez, officially on the disabled list since June 5 with right knee tendinitis, tossed a 90-pitch simulated game in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Thursday. Although team officials have made no official pronouncement, it's expected that Perez will appear in a minor league game as soon as Tuesday.

Oliver Perez

Starting Pitcher
New York Mets


As was the case with Carlos Beltran appearing in a minor league game Thursday, that will start a clock on activating Perez from the disabled list. For a position player such as Beltran, a rehab assignment can last only 20 days. For a pitcher, it can last 30 days.

Perez is expected to be joined at the Mets' complex in Florida this weekend by John Maine. A team source indicated Maine could begin another rehab assignment in the minors in about 10 days.

Finally, reliever Sean Green -- who has been sidelined since mid-April by what turned out to be a fractured rib -- is about to step on a mound. Green has been throwing on flat ground.