See You Later?

See You Later?

New York Mets' Pedro Martinez, left, watches play against the Boston Red Sox with Damion Easley from the dugout in the sixth inning during a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 15, 2007, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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Pedro Has No Idea When He'll Return,
But the Latecomer Left a Lasting Impression on Tito

Francona: Nobody Was Late Today

"Asked if he could see the mark of Pedro Martínez on the current edition of the Red Sox, Francona quipped, 'I mean, nobody was late today.' " -- 3.16.07, Boston Globe Red Sox notebook

When Will We See Him Again?

NY Post: Pedro Has No Idea When He'll Return

"Interestingly in yesterday's session, Martinez had four throws that were wide of Correnti. But the pitcher actually said his eyes were closed for them in part to check on "a good release point and a consistent release point."

Martinez is not slated to be back with the Mets until sometime in July or August. He's not sure which month is more likely for his comeback.

"I have no idea," he said. "I just know I'm going to complete this work, and I'll do my rehab the way I should. 'Whenever they tell me, 'Pedro, you're ready to go to pitch,' I'm going to go to pitch. I know that this team is going to need me somewhere around there. That's what I want to be. I want to be ready. I don't want to think about when they want to use me." -- 3.16.07, NY Post, Pedro Lengthens Tossing Distance

This Fiction is Stranger Than Truth ...

NY Newsday: 'Was Pedro Worth It? You Better Believe It'

"At this point, the Mets would love to deal with Martinez's many eccentricities, which wore thin in Boston. The thinnest thing about the Mets is their starting pitching, and they are crossing their fingers that the 35-year-old can return in the summer. But there is no guarantee Pedro ever can be Pedro again, having had rotator cuff surgery on top of a serious toe injury and problems with his calves and hip.

That would lead a reasonable person to wonder if the Mets got their money's worth for the four-year, $53-million contract they gave Martinez. It might turn out that they got only one solid season out of him.

Still, they got enough. The Mets became a new franchise. Fans had a new reason to buy tickets, teammates had a new reason to believe in themselves and free agents had a good reason to come." -- 3.16.07, Mark Herrmann, NY Newsday

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Rain on His Parade

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