York Mets ace Pedro Martinez is a nine-time All-Star, three-time Cy Young Award
winner and in 1999 had arguably the greatest pitching season in Major League
Baseball history. These days, however, he can’t even get Joe Schmo out in the
called Tuesday’s outing—his
second rehab start since returning from right shoulder surgery in October—a “great improvement.”
The Dominican fireballer allowed three runs on 60 pitches in four innings, not
particularly impressive considering he was facing Class A baseball players. But
the outing was a significant upgrade from his previous start six days earlier, when he embarrassingly
allowed five runs and six hits in just three innings. Still, if you’re drowning
20 feet below the surface and you rise five feet, you’re still drowning.
will make one more minor league start before considering a return to the Mets.
But if he’s getting battered by Class A rookies, what will the Atlanta Braves
do to him?
might be begging to go home to
after his first visit to Turner Field. And trust me, Santo Domingo Norte isn’t
exactly the South of France.