Rather taking the foolish risk of trying to get one more start out of Pedro Martinez before the break, the Mets placed him on the disabled list with sore right hip. He’ll go on retroactive to June 28, his last start at Boston. Martinez is eligible to be reinstated next Friday, when the Mets are at Wrigley Field.
Coming up will be rookie Mike Pelfrey, who’ll start one of the games in Saturday’s doubleheader with Florida. GM Omar Minaya said the Mets don’t want to rush Pelfrey, but the timing of this makes a lot of sense. It’s better to get a look at Pelfrey now so they’ll have an idea of what they have should they need him down the stretch.
I wrote I would have been fine with giving Aaron Heilman a chance, but the Mets don’t want to go there for two reasons: one, they prefer him in the bullpen, and 2) he’s not stretched out enough to go five-plus innings in a starter’s role.
Andrew Gross is covering the Mets tonight for The Journal News and lohud.com. Be sure to read his account of things tomorrow.