Last spring, Mets starter Oliver Perez arrived at spring training from an WBC stint in what pitching coach Dan Warthen thought to be less than stellar physical condition. In Tuesday’s New York Daily News, Perez assures Adam Rubin his preseason work has the erratic lefty feeling “really happy….really strong.”
Perez relocated this offseason from his native Culiacan, Mexico, to Arizona to train at Fischer Sports, the facility credited with preparing Randy Johnson during his career. Other than two weeks spent in Mexico around Christmas, Perez said he’s spent the entire winter in Phoenix working out at that training center with major leaguers including Kerry Wood, Chris and Shelley Duncan, Sergio Mitre and Mike Hampton.
“A lot of good players there,” Perez said.
Perez said he’s religiously at the facility by 7 a.m. and stretching 90 minutes later.
Perez’s trademark wildness comically remained Monday. As he long-tossed with Johan Santana on a windy morning at the Mets’ complex, Perez twice overshot Santana with throws on a back field and cleared a fence.
“It’s going to take a couple of weeks,” Santana turned and offered with a smile.
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen, Fischer Sports — the official training facility of Oliver Perez, Kerry Wood and Mike Hampton. What happened, did Mark Prior not receive their brochure?