Published: Mar 09, 2011 6:10 PM EST
Updated: Mar 10, 2011 5:31 AM EST

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Oliver Perez is headed to the New York Mets bullpen, likely his last chance to make the team.

The left-hander allowed his first four batters to reach base Tuesday against the Houston Astros in his final opportunity to prove he could be a starter. Overall, he gave up three runs on four hits and two walks in three innings.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen met Wednesday and made the decision to remove him from the starting rotation competition. In two starts, Perez is 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA and five walks in seven innings.