Pedro makes next step toward return

Updated: July 29, 2009, 9:31 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Pedro Martinez arrived at the Philadelphia Phillies' Triple-A outpost in Lehigh Valley on Tuesday and threw a 59-pitch bullpen session.

Although the Philllies haven't announced his schedule, it's believed he's on target to pitch Friday for Lehigh Valley against Columbus. If all goes well, he could join the Phillies' rotation as early as next week.

"I hope that if everything goes well, that will be my last step," Martinez said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. "I'm looking ...

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