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Martinez close to making rehab start

Updated: July 20, 2009, 8:24 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Pedro Martinez is moving closer to getting back on the mound.

The Philadelphia Phillies' new right-hander took the first step Monday toward making a rehab start as he prepares for a return to the major leagues.

"I'm ready, I'm ready," the three-time Cy Young Award winner said after throwing long toss. "I did it [throwing] in the Dominican, now I am ready to do it here."

The 37-year-old Martinez, who last week signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the ...

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