Pedro throws 81 pitches off mound

Updated: March 11, 2006, 3:49 PM ET
Associated Press

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets right-hander Pedro Martinez threw 81 pitches off a mound during a bullpen session Saturday as he continues to recover from a right toe injury.

"It felt pretty good," Martinez said. "The results are great. I didn't throw too many at once. It's not time yet. It's just time to work."

Martinez took three breaks during the session in what he said was an attempt to better simulate an actual game.

He threw 62 pitches off a mound Wednesday, had a long toss session Thursday and took Friday off.

"I really have to work to get used to the mound and throw pitches around the plate," he said. "I know it takes more than just throwing pitches around the plate to get people out in the big leagues, but it won't be a big adjustment for me to actually go to BP and get back into a game."

He is still feeling his way through his pitching motion, though, seeing how his toe reacts each day.

"There is going to be a little this and that any time you go to the mound," he said. "It's not always just the shoe, sometimes my toe is sore, my shoulder is tingling and my elbow is sore. Something always happens. You go on and have great games."

It is still uncertain if Martinez will be ready for Opening Day. Left-hander Tom Glavine's schedule has been changed so he can start in case Martinez is not ready.

Martinez has never been this far behind in spring training, but he isn't fazed.

"I'm not worried," he said. "If I can recognize the mound, I can recognize the mound."


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