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Pedro throws from mound, cites 'work' to do

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Pedro Martinez threw from the top of
a mound for the first time at New York Mets spring training camp
Tuesday, and acknowledged he still has a lot of work to do before
Opening Day.

"I'm out of shape," Martinez told a group of reporters before
walking off the field. "I'm just trying to get back to the mound,
see how my toe is. My arm is not full-strength. I still have a lot
of work to do."
Martinez threw 34 pitches to catcher Bobby Estallella with
pitching coach Rick Peterson and bullpen coach Guy Conti watching.
None of his pitches appeared full-speed.
Martinez said he has to concentrate on getting his foot healthy
before he can strengthen his arm.
"Because I want to have my arm in good shape, I need to have my
legs in good shape," he said. "Without a leg, there is no arm."
He expects to be ready for Opening Day, and Mets manager Willie
Randolph said he wasn't concerned.
"Pedro will be ready," Randolph said. "I trust Pedro that
he'll be ready to go. That's what I go by."
Martinez threw from the slope of the mound for the first time in
camp last week after a sore right toe kept him in the clubhouse for
the opening weeks of spring training. Martinez said he wasn't sure
going into to Tuesday's practice whether he would throw from the
rubber.
He tried a few pitches from halfway up the mound before climbing
to the top.
"I feel the toe a little bit now but I prefer to do it like
that and get used to doing it the way I normally do it and see what
the results are going to be," Martinez said.
He said his toe feels better in the new Nike cleat he had
custom-made for him.
"So far, healthwise, it's improving," Martinez said. "I was
expecting to feel the way I feel right now. It's improving a little
bit.
Martinez expected to throw again on Wednesday.
"So far, I bounced well enough to get back to the mound, so I'm
not probably going to stop until something goes wrong," he said.