The Mets weren’t happy with reports suggesting “Pedro Martinez’s”:http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=4875 rehab isn’t going as smoothly as they have claimed, and GM Omar Minaya summoned reporters to the dugout after batting practice.
On Thursday, Minaya said Martinez had been long-tossing, but less than an hour ago said the pitcher threw a 60-pitch bullpen session. Minaya said Martinez is scheduled to return to Florida from the Dominican next week and throw a simulated game before making a minor league rehab starts.
Minaya did concede how the perception could be reached considering the Mets originally said he would be shut down for a week to ten days, a period that ended eight days ago.
“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m hoping August,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Minaya said of MartinezÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s return timetable. “That has always been the date.”
However, moments later Minaya said, “IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve said all along that anything Pedro gives us this year is extra.”