Friday, February 24, 2006
Pedro sits out Mets' spring training Friday
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez
missed spring training Friday, when the Mets gave him time off to
attend to personal matters.
Martinez has been bothered by a toe injury and hasn't thrown off
a mound since last season. He was to pitch off a mound Friday, a
session that was pushed back day.
"It's just like any other thing. You have personal things you
have to deal with or whatever, and he had permission to take care
of it," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "Nothing to do with
injuries or doctors."
Tom Glavine, Steve Trachsel and Victor Zambrano did have mound
sessions along with non-roster invitee Jose Lima and 6-foot-7
rookie Mike Pelfrey.
"I thought Victor got the ball down really nice," Randolph
said. "I just think he looks totally different than he was last
year. It looks like he's looser, freer, and balls are coming out of
his hand real well."
Randolph thought Trachsel was "a little bit up and out."
"But take all that with a grain of salt because you assume
that's not the natural thing," Randolph said.
Trachsel has recovered from the back injury that limited him for
much of last season.
"He's been doing his exercises and maintaining his back
exercises, and from what I understand he's feeling real strong,"
Randolph said. "The thing I like more than anything is that
everyone's pretty healthy and that's nice to see right now."