Martinez expecting return to Mets in midseason

Updated: November 29, 2006, 9:10 AM ET
Associated Press

Pedro Martinez

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Pedro Martinez said he is making strides in his rehab, but doesn't expect to return the New York Mets' rotation until midseason.

"The rehabilitation process is better than expected," Martinez said.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Martinez said he was in the initial phase of rehabilitation and planned to step up treatment in January. He will travel to Florida next week for another checkup.

"I am going for a checkup every two weeks, because this is what we agreed with the doctors," he said.

Martinez also said he is not going to change the way he pitches.

"I am not planning to make changes in my windup in any way," he said. "This is how I have had success and I'll keep doing it."

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