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Postby bigh0rt » Fri Jan 05, 2007 4:16 pm

mets.com wrote:Pedro Martinez is a bigger story than ever, apparently. Though the chance of the Mets ace pitching before the All-Star break is quite slim, the pitcher himself is no longer so. While rehabilitating his surgically repaired right shoulder, he has added 10 pounds of self-described muscle.
"That's one of our strategies," Martinez said Saturday in the Dominican Republic, where he made an appearance at a charity softball game staged by former Red Sox teammate David Ortiz.

The Associated Press reported as much and also quoted Martinez as saying he is "aiming for July or August as the return date." The Mets have said they expected his return in August.

Martinez told the AP his "progress has been excellent" and that he has no "problems anymore with my reach or flexibility. And so far, everything is going well."

He also provided more insight into the surgery he underwent Oct. 5 after a tear in his rotator cuff, hardly an uncommon injury for a veteran pitcher, had been diagnosed. "The problem has to do with the calcification of the bone that was broken with the tear and that had to be operated on. You have to let it run its course."

Martinez, who turned 35 three weeks after the surgery, was beset with injuries last year. He endured an unusual Spring Training, which was modified to accommodate the misshapen and inflamed large toe on his right foot, then injured his right hip in a slip and fall in Miami on May 25 and tore calf muscles in both legs in August and September. The rotator cuff injury was diagnosed in late September but had been suffered in Pittsburgh two weeks earlier.

He won his first five starts and had a 7-3 record in his first 15. But he was removed from his 16th start -- in Boston on June 28 -- after three innings, and, including that game, made eight starts (34 innings) in the Mets' final 86 games.

Pitching at 180 pounds, he produced a 9-8 record and 4.48 ERA in 23 starts and 132 2/3 innings. The 2006 season, his 14th in the big leagues, was the first in which his ERA was greater than 4.00 and the fifth in which it exceeded 3.00.

The Mets have said they are not relying on Martinez. Also, the team has not acquired another proven starting pitcher, making them more reliant on their own young pitchers: John Maine, Mike Pelfrey, Oliver Perez, Philip Humber, Dave Williams and Jason Vargas. Alay Soler has not been mentioned as a potential starter.
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Postby JoshExley » Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:49 pm

Hmm, you think he'll be full strength by August? It would be great for a playoff push!
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Postby Rirruto » Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:52 pm

I cant wait till he gets back, he will be acting like a big time pickup at the trade deadline. And from the sounds of it, he should be in great shape and might gain a couple of MPHs on his fastball.
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Postby CrazyJoe » Wed Feb 21, 2007 10:19 pm

JoshExley wrote:Hmm, you think he'll be full strentgth by August? It would be great for a playoff push!

I hope he'll be at full strength. I'm just worried he'll be pushed into the rotation too early if the mets are far behind Philly and need games to win to stay in the wild card race. We can only hope that the youngins grow up and the elders don't break down.
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