ATLANTA — General manager John Mullen of the Atlanta Braves said Monday he's been unable to locate pitcher Pascual Perez, who left the team's clubhouse in New York following a game Sunday and failed to make the team flight to Montreal.
"Not a word," Mullen said Monday. "I just can't find him. I have tried his local telephone number, and there's no answer there. We checked with his player agent, and he was going to try to run Pascual down, too."
Perez did not appear at Olympic Stadium Monday night, when the Braves played the Montreal Expos.
Mullen said the right-hander faces an automatic fine for missing the team bus and plane from New York, where Perez was the starting pitcher in a 15-10 loss to the Mets. Perez (1-8) lasted only 4 innings, giving up seven runs and seven hits.
Atlanta newspapers reported Monday that Perez refused comment after the game and muttered something about "going home" as he left the locker room.