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Friday, February 24, 2006
Pedro sits out Mets' spring training Friday

Associated Press

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."