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Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Perez breaks toe taking frustration out in clubhouse news services

WASHINGTON -- Oliver Perez's temper has landed him on the disabled list.

Oliver Perez
Starting Pitcher
Pittsburgh Pirates
15 6 5 51 81 6.16

On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates placed their ace lefthander on the 15-day DL with a broken left big toe, which was suffered when he kicked a laundry cart in the clubhouse following his start against St. Louis on Sunday.

Perez is the second pitcher to be sidelined for an off-the-field fit in recent days. Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers broke a bone in his nonpitching hand when he hit a water cooler after he was pulled from a June 17 game against Washington, and will miss at least his next start.

The 23-year-old Perez allowed four runs, seven hits and a season high-tying five walks in six innings against the Cardinals in a game the Pirates eventually won in 10 innings.

It has been a frustrating season for Perez, who has posted a 6.16 ERA in 15 starts after ranking sixth in the National League with a 2.98 ERA in 30 starts last year. Despite allowing at least four earned runs eight times, Perez has a record of 6-5.

Perez, whose 239 strikeouts last season were fourth in the NL and the third-highest total in team history, has 81 strikeouts in 83 1/3 innings this year.

Acquired along with 2004 NL Rookie of the Year Jason Bay in the deal that sent outfielder Brian Giles to San Diego in 2003, Perez is 26-30 with a 4.25 ERA in 85 career outings, including 84 starts.

To replace Perez on their active roster, the Pirates recalled outfielder Nate McLouth from Class AAA Indianapolis of the International League. McLouth was hitting .306 with five homers, 32 RBI and 23 stolen bases with Indianapolis this season.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.