PHILADELPHIA -- Pedro Martinez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday by the New York Mets with a minor strain in his right calf.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner was examined in New York on Tuesday, one day after the injury forced him out of his start against the Philadelphia Phillies following the worst first inning of his career.
In his second season with the NL East-leading Mets, Martinez is 9-5 with a 3.84 ERA in 20 starts. He missed a month earlier this season because of inflammation in his right hip. He has 125 strikeouts and 35 walks in 122 innings.
Right-handed reliever Heath Bell was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to take Martinez's spot on the roster.
The Mets said Martinez felt the strain while warming up before Monday night's game. He gave up six runs and was pulled after only one inning.
It was his second-shortest start ever -- on June 20, 1995, he got only two outs for Montreal while giving up five runs to Houston. He had never allowed six runs in the first inning, the Elias Sports Bureau said.
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax