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Martinez leaves Mets to be by his father's side

Updated: May 21, 2008, 7:31 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ATLANTA -- Pedro Martinez returned to the Dominican Republic to be with his sick father on Wednesday, delaying his plans to test his ailing hamstring.

Martinez had planned to rejoin the New York Mets for a bullpen session Wednesday. But after arriving in Atlanta on Wednesday morning from Port St. Lucie, Fla., Martinez learned his father, Pablo Jaime, had experienced a medical setback. Martinez then left to be with his father, Mets spokesman Ethan Wilson said Wednesday.

Jaime, ...

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