Pedro Martinez’s appearance at minicamp was for show, to let Willie Randolph and Omar Minaya know he’s all right. But, it’s easy for Pedro to say he’s fine now. He’s still two months from throwing.
Martinez has always been a gamer. Who can forget what he did while with Boston in the Cleveland playoffs? But, that was 10 years and countless pitches ago.
The Mets are saying July, but who really knows? Of course, everything Martinez does this spring will be examined and re-examined. Overkill. He’ll throw off the mound, say he’s fine and raise everybody’s hopes. Then, he’ll have a setback. We know this because most rehabs from rotator cuff surgery are like that.
Martinez’ uncertainty, in part, was behind the Scott Schoeneweis signing. We all know about the age at the front end and questions on the back end of their rotation, so the bullpen will be critical.
They’ll live on their pen, and Schoeneweis could be useful, especially against lefthanded hitters. Think Ryan Howard.
The pen is why Duaner Sanchez’s optimism overshadow’s Martinez. He’s promising to be back by Opening Day.