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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.
The Mets ace tweaked his calf during warmups Monday, got roughed up for six runs and left his terrible outing against Philadelphia after getting only three outs. "The concern, obviously, is that he's OK," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "I want to wait and see when the dust settles where we stand."
Martinez (sore hip) is expected to return to the rotation Friday in Atlanta, and Mets manager Willie Randolph said the team will go to a six-man rotation for now.
Martinez went to a hospital and needed an IV after developing a fever following Friday's game against the Cubs. Martinez returned to the team Saturday and was stretching in the outfield before the game at Wrigley Field. He's been on the disabled list since July 6 with an inflamed right hip. Martinez had been battling food poisoning from eating bad chicken over the All-Star break.
Martinez was placed on the disabled list by the Mets on Thursday because of pain in his right hip. The move is retroactive to June 29. He missed his scheduled start on Monday and can rest the injury over the All-Star break. The right-hander aggravated the injury in May when he slipped in the bathroom and fell on his hip while changing his shirt. He recently received a cortisone injection in the hip to subdue some of the pain.
Martinez was selected to his eighth All-Star team Sunday as one of the eight starting pitchers on the National League roster. He is 7-4 with a 3.45 ERA this season.
Martinez won for only the second time since April 28 in the Mets' 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. The New York right-hander allowed two runs and struck out eight over six innings.
Martinez claimed his 200th career win Monday, working 6 2/3 innings and allowing three runs in the Mets' 4-3 victory over Atlanta. The Mets' right-hander walked two and fanned eight while boosting his career record to 200-84.
Martinez plunked Washington outfielder Jose Guillen with pitches twice Thursday, initiating a near-brawl when Guillen headed for the mound with bat in hand after the second time. Guillen went halfway to the mound and pointed his bat at Martinez, but he was corralled by plate umpire Ted Barrett and Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca. Players came on the field, but no punches were thrown.
Martinez threw 35 pitches in three scoreless innings of his spring debut for the Mets on Sunday. Martinez allowed one hit and fanned two.
Martinez said on Wednesday that he doesn't expect to be ready for the Mets' opener against the Washington Nationals. A nagging injury to his right toe has slowed his preparation for the season. Martinez has not made a spring training start, and the three-time Cy Young Award winner said he needed at least two outings to be ready to face the Nationals on April 3.
Mets ace Martinez said he will throw in the bullpen or batting practice on Sunday. He has been slowed by a sore right toe.
Martinez showed no ill effects after throwing 61 pitches in his first stint on the mound against live batters. The Mets' ace threw to two Mets minor leaguers as part of his rehab for damaged cartilage in his right toe. Martinez said he will throw batting practice on Sunday.
Martinez threw 81 pitches in a Saturday bullpen session, pausing three times to simulate a real-game experience. Martinez has battled through a sore right big toe this spring. It was his fifth time throwing off a mound, but he has not faced live batters this spring.
Martinez moved closer to facing batters Wednesday, when he threw his longest bullpen session of the spring. The Mets' right-hander nearly doubled his single-session output by throwing 62 pitches. After his bullpen work, he said his right big toe "felt a little bit uncomfortable," but not enough to keep him from continuing his rehab and his preparation to face hitters. "I could get into a game right now and throw a strike," Martinez said. "I feel better."
Martinez threw from the top of a mound for the first time in spring training Tuesday. The Mets' right-hander, who has been bothered by a toe injury since last season, threw 34 pitches to catcher Bobby Estalella with coaches looking on. Reportedly none of Martinez's offerings were thrown at full speed, but it was a step forward after throwing off the slope of the mound last week.
The New York Mets reportedly are considering shutting down Martinez for the rest of the season. The righthander has been nursing a sore foot recently, and since the team has no shot at the playoffs, there is no reason for put any unneeded stress on his body, especially his pitching arm.
Martinez was five outs away from throwing the first no-hitter in New York Mets history on Sunday. But the Dodgers' Antonio Perez drilled a one-out triple to left-center field in the eighth inning, and Jayson Werth followed with a home run to erase a 1-0 Mets lead and give Los Angeles a 2-1 win over New York.
Martinez left a few too many pitches up in the zone during Tuesday's loss to the San Diego Padres, resulting in his shortest outing of the 2005 campaign. The Mets' righthander lasted just five innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, including two home runs. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Martinez had decided to withdraw from next Tuesday's All-Star game, since he won't be available to pitch. The Mets' righthander is scheduled to take the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday and does not want to risk injury by throwing in the American League-National League matchup two days later. Phillies closer Billy Wagner will take Martinez' spot on the NL roster.
Martinez baffled the Houston Astros in Tuesday's meeting, allowing just one run on two hits en route to a complete game victory. The veteran righthander had a no-hitter going until Chris Burke connected for the first home run of his major league career. In his last three starts -- all wins -- Martinez has allowed only two runs and fanned 31 batters in 25 innings.
Although he did not record a win, Martinez reported no major problems with his hip after Sunday's solid performance against the New York Yankees. The Mets' lefthander, who had his scheduled start pushed back a couple of days after receiving a cortisone shot in his hip early last week, allowed just one run on four hits in seven innings of work, striking out six and walking one.
Martinez reported that his injured hip felt much better Friday after getting a cortisone shot earlier in the week. The pitcher threw on the side Friday and is hoping to start Sunday against the New York Yankees.
To help ease the discomfort in the sore right hip that has bothered him for the past couple of weeks, Martinez received a cortisone shot on Tuesday. The Mets had planned to send the veteran righthander to the mound on Friday against the Yankees, but he will be pushed back to Sunday instead. Victor Zambrano will get the nod on Friday and Kris Benson will pitch on Saturday.
Martinez' hip ailment could be the primary cause for his struggles in his last two starts, where he's allowed 10 runs combined, including nine earned. For the season, he is 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA in eight outings, striking out 67 and walking just 11 in 56 innings of work.
Martinez tossed seven solid innings in Thursday's victory over the Florida Marlins, allowing one run on three hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. The Mets' righthander has given up three or fewer hits in each of his four starts this season, and for the year, he is 2-0 with a 2.17 ERA, including 38 strikeouts and just four walks in 29 innings of work.
Martinez actually should be 4-0, but closer Braden Looper has blown saves in two of his outings, leaving Pedro without a decision. It appears the back problems he had late in spring training are no longer an issue. Start him with confidence.
Martinez led the Mets to their first win of the 2005 campaign, pitching a gem in Sunday's victory over the Atlanta Braves. The veteran righthander notched the 43rd complete game of his major league career, allowing one run on just two hits. He struck out nine and walked one.
Martinez was in line for the win on Opening Day before closer Braden Looper blew the save. In two starts, he is 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 15 innings.
Martinez shook off the minor back problems that sidelined him for a short period last week, making his regular-season debut with the New York Mets in Monday's opener against the Cincinnati Reds. The veteran righthander allowed three runs on three hits over six innings and struck out 12. Martinez was in line to notch the victory before closer Braden Looper blew the save in the ninth.
Martinez joins Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens as the only players in major league history to record 100 or more double-digit strikeout games. In 33 starts with the Boston Red Sox last season, he was 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA and one complete game, striking out 227 batters and walking 61 in 217 innings of work.