PORT ST. LUCIE,
Pedro Martinez has been rehabbing here after undergoing rotator cuff surgery last October. He's pretty much holed up in the minor league complex, keeping separate from the Florida State League’s St. Lucie Mets.
He was slated to pitch last Wednesday with St. Lucie, but got rained out. The Mets were on the road the next day – a whopping 30 minutes away in Jupiter – but
He finally made a start for St. Lucie tonight, but never moved into clubhouse, choosing to dress in the minor league complex well away from the ballpark. Once he entered the gates, though, he could no longer duck the minor league hubbub.
The Dugout laughed as St. Lucie took the field accompanied by about 50 children who were part of a baseball camp. Dozens followed
St. Lucie third baseman Daniel Murphy could only look over at the gathering. None of the campers joined him at the hot corner.
“That’s one of the things you are not used to,”
“You recognize your spring training hat,”
For those interested in the numbers, they we’re pretty. He allowed five earned runs on six hits in three innings of work. He blamed most of the trouble on his inability to get a feel for his sinker.
He was jovial following the performance, stating more than once just how pleased he was to pitch in a real game again.
“I can’t wait for the next five days to come by so I can get back in there and make the adjustments I have to make to actually get back to