Pedro Martinez had a simulated game this afternoon. So far, so good, the Mets say.
Let’s do some math. Suppose he’s fine tomorrow and the next step is another simulation before the rehab games.
You have to look at this like spring training. Pitchers start at two innings and build themselves up. Usually starters make six starts over a month in the spring before they are ready.
Martinez will have to do the same, so that puts him coming back in September. Assume that and I figure five starts before the playoffs.
Even if it unfolds that way there are no givens. The Mets must figure they won’t get anything from Martinez. Given that, if something jumps out before the trade deadline they have to go for it.