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Mets demote struggling Perez to 'pen

Updated: May 16, 2010, 1:15 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

MIAMI -- New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel has informed Oliver Perez that he is being reassigned to the bullpen.

Manuel did not name a replacement for Wednesday's start against the Washington Nationals, but Perez mentioned left-hander Hisanori Takahashi by name, and a source indicated the plan is to start the Japanese left-hander in D.C.

"I don't like going to the bullpen, but I think that's the best for the team," Perez said Saturday. "I think Takahashi is pitching ...

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