In answer to the earlier question _ no.
Manager Willie Randolph says he trusts Pedro Martinez, and because he knows his body better than anybody has the privilege of rank to set his work schedule.
So, not only won’t Martinez throw batting practice today, but will shut down throwing entirely. Martinez said he wanted an extra day of rest after seeing a chiropractor on Monday and is on for tomorrow.
And, he didn’t rule out it being to hitters.
From there, the clock will be ticking.
Martinez opened up on his foot as never before, talking about the possibility of surgery and taking cortisone. He said it is going to hurt all year.
Classic clamoring: Pitchers Jeremi Gonzalez and Jose Lima have been dissing each other all spring _ good naturedly.
Things got more spirited this morning when Gonzalez, who is from Venezuela, screamed at Lima, who is from the Dominican Republic: “Don’t wear that hat, yet. Don’t wear that hat, yet.”
Gonzalez then took a Dominican Republic hat, threw it to the ground and stomped on it.
Without a word Lima took a Venezuelan sweatband, walked in the trainer’s room and came back with a pair of scissors. Then he proceeded to shred the sweatband and throw it over Gonzalez like it was confetti.
That wasn’t the end of it, but I’ll leave the rest to your imagination.
What to look for today: Kaz Matsui got a couple of hits Monday and is back at the leadoff spot. That will change when Jose Reyes comes back from the WBC. … Chris Woodward is back from missing two days with the flu. … Conventional thinking has Aaron Heilman as the fifth starter, but Brian Bannister is giving him a run for his money. Bannister has thrown five scoreless innings so far and goes today against the Orioles.
I’ll check in after the game.