Pedro To Miss Next Start?

Pedro Martinez skipped traveling to Milwaukee in order to work on his flexibility with Mets Trainer Chris Correnti at Shea this week.

Now it appears there was more to this situation then we were first lead to believe.  As David Lennon reports in today’s Newsday:

When asked specifically if Saturday’s start was in jeopardy, Manuel first responded, “No, no, no.” But the manager left the door open to scratching Martinez later this week if Correnti’s program can’t get him in better shape than he was for Sunday in Florida. In that game, Martinez’s velocity slipped to the low-80s, and he relied on his breaking pitches to get him through six innings.

“If this does not work out for him, and he can’t [get loose], then we would probably … I don’t know,” Manuel said. “He can be effective to a certain degree at that [velocity]. But there comes a time when with experienced people that you just faced, that might not be the best type of situation.”

With John Maine already down for who knows how long, this is not the sort of news you want to hear in a pennant race.  Expanded rosters or not, this will be a huge problem for the Mets if it continues past 1 start.


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