Looking for an alternative to Oliver Perez?
Scratch one more name from that list.
The Mets announced that they have released Freddy Garcia after the surgically-repaired righthander posted an 0-2 record with an 8.18 ERA for the Class AAA Buffalo Bisons.
Jerry Manuel said Monday that he will watch Perez carefully Saturday and make no guarantees of a start beyond that one. But the Mets' list of candidates for the spot if Perez was moved to the pen or demoted is sparse - Tim Redding will be ready soon, but that is a drop down in talent from Perez with little upside. Dillon Gee was a favorite of Jerry Manuel in spring training, but he is off to a slow start in Buffalo - although his strikeout to walk numbers are more impressive than his record or ERA.
Nelson Figueroa re-signed with the Mets last week and will make the start for Buffalo tonight in Rochester.