Martinez will make season debut for Mets on Monday

Sep 1, 2007 - 7:17 PM ATLANTA (Ticker) - With their lead in the National League East dangerously slim, the New York Mets will look to Pedro Martinez for a big boost.

Martinez will make his season debut following offseason shoulder surgery when the Mets open a three-game series at the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

Following the team's disastrous four-game sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies (72-62) that sliced its lead to two games in the East, New York (74-60) has opted to activate the three-time Cy Young Award winner following his bullpen session prior to Friday's opener with the Atlanta Braves.

Martinez, who had a torn rotator cuff operated on October 5, threw 53 pitches over 20 minutes on Friday.

In his last rehab start on Sunday, the 35-year-old righthander threw six scoreless innings for Class A St. Lucie. He allowed five hits, issued two walks and struck out four.

Martinez, who went 9-8 with a 4.48 ERA in 23 starts last year, is 6-2 with a 2.03 ERA and a save in 17 career appearances - 11 starts - vs. the Reds.






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