Pedro Martinez Leaves The Field To A Thunderous Ovation… tells us that Pedro Martinez showed up at Tradition Field believing he would throw about 45 pitches in a simulated game. He ended up throwing 67 and later declared that he has more knowledge now that all the work he’s done in overcoming rotator cuff surgery has been worth it.

"I feel better about my stamina and my endurance on the mound," he said. "And toward the end, I felt better than at the first of the game. That tells me I just need more work."

Martinez said he can now put behind him the fear of how his arm would hold up.

"All that hard work, now I know it was worth it," he said.

He threw 50 of 67 pitches for strikes and was particularly sharp in the last three innings, when 24 of his 28 pitches were strikes.

I can’t wait to see him take the mound once again at Shea.

I can already see and hear the thunderous ovation he will get, and the even louder ovation he gets after pitching 6 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts!

Hey, so I have an overactive imagination, get off my back…

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