Pedro to make rehab start Wednesday after last one rained out

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Pedro Martinez will make his first
rehab start for New York on Wednesday as he attempts to return to the
Mets' rotation after offseason shoulder surgery.

The 35-year-old Martinez had his rotator cuff repaired in
October and has been working toward a return all season. The
right-hander first threw to batters on June 26.

The three-time Cy Young winner was scheduled to make a rehab
start last Wednesday, but it was rained out and he instead threw a
5 1/3 innings of a simulated game against minor leaguers the
following day.

In the simulation, Martinez gave up two runs -- one earned -- and
four hits against players from the St. Lucie Mets and the Gulf
Coast League Mets. In 67 pitches, he struck out three, walked none
and hit a batter.

"Really, I thought the encouraging part for me guys was the
back of those innings," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said at
the time. "The back of those innings when he was throwing the
fastball down and away with the movement, that's Pedro."

Most of Martinez's fastballs were from 86-88 mph, Minaya said.

"Anything that we get from Pedro this year is extra," he said.
"We feel that there is a chance ... for me the guys that we have
right now, we have to plan on winning with these guys. We're not
saying that he's going to come back and be this guy that's going to
get us to the next level."
Said Martinez after the simulated game: "I'm still missing
location badly ... Actually toward the end I felt better than
starting the game, and that means I need work."