Martinez given IV after developing fever during game

CHICAGO -- New York Mets right-hander Pedro Martinez went to a
hospital and needed an IV after developing a fever following
Friday's game against the Cubs.

Martinez returned to the team Saturday and was stretching in the
outfield before the game at Wrigley Field. He's been on the
disabled list since July 6 with an inflamed right hip.

Martinez had been battling food poisoning from eating bad
chicken over the All-Star break.

After Friday's game, Martinez complained of a fever and was sent
to Northwestern Memorial Hospital to receive fluids. While he was
at the hospital, he had a CT scan to rule out any problems with his
appendix. Martinez was released from the hospital Friday night.

"Everything was clear and everything was fine," general
manager Omar Minaya said Saturday. "It was precautionary more than
anything else."

Mets manager Willie Randolph said once Martinez felt better, he
would likely throw a simulated game before returning, adding that
any rehab work would be with the major league club. Martinez is 7-4
with a 3.45 ERA in 16 starts.

"His arm feels great. It's unfortunate he had to go through the
food poisoning deal," Randolph said.