Ollie, Castillo expected in camp

Oliver Perez

Starting Pitcher
New York Mets


Despite the Mets expected to need to clear a 40-man roster spot for the addition of Chris Young, Terry Collins said he expected both Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo to be in spring-training camp with the Mets and not a roster casualty beforehand.

While the expectation is that both players ultimately will be released, Collins said Perez will have an opportunity to earn a rotation spot in spring training. (Collins also mentioned D.J. Carrasco getting a look in that role, although the likelihood is the five-man rotation is Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey, Jon Niese, Young and Chris Capuano.)

“He’s going to be in competition for the rotation,” Collins said. “I talked to [pitching coach] Danny [Warthen] at length about it. And Sandy [Alderson] and I have discussed it. When he arrives, I’ll sit with him and explain the situation. And then it’s up to him to go compete.”

Including the winter-league regular season, Perez has now walked 32 in 39 2/3 innings. He has allowed 36 hits and 23 earned runs, for a 5.22 ERA.

Perez is owed $12 million this season. Castillo is owed $6 million.

Asked specifically if Castillo could be out before reporting to camp, Collins replied: “I don’t believe so.”