They are saying it is a strained right calf muscle for Pedro Martinez, who gave up six runs in the first inning tonight against the Phillies. It is the second shortest of his career, with the other coming June 20, 1995, when he gave up five runs in two-thirds of an inning in a game against Houston while with Montreal.
The Mets are saying Martinez felt something warming up, which only begs the question: You have a 15-game lead, pitching is your concern and one of your keys complains of something, so why does he start the game to begin with? Wouldn’t surprise me if there’s a race to the manager’s office to ask Willie why he went ahead with the start.
PS: It is 9-0 Phillies in the fourth and Ryan Howard is up.