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Martinez expecting return to Mets in midseason

11/29/2006 - MLB Pedro Martinez New York Mets + more

Pedro Martinez 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."