Martinez Aces Rehab Start
He posts brief but impressive performance in Gulf Coast League
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Aug 14, 2007 11:57 PM CDT
New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez pitches during the fourth inning of a minor league start in Port St. Lucie. Fla. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. Martinez pitched 60 pitches in four innings and then pitched...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mets ace Pedro Martinez posted a second solid rehab start in the Gulf Coast League yesterday, throwing 60 pitches and three perfect innings. Martinez, who's recovering from a torn tendon in his calf, says he's anxious to get back into the rotation. "It's going to take a while," admitted the nine-time Cy Young winner.

The Mets expect to give him at least one more minor-league warm-up. "I need to pitch in the big leagues," said Martinez, 35. "I can't tell you how good I am until I get a big-league hitter out." Matinez will likely pitch with St. Lucie in Florida next Monday.