Martinez to throw simulated game after rehab start rained out

Updated: August 1, 2007, 10:23 PM ET
Associated Press

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Pedro Martinez's first rehabilitation start was rained out, so he will throw a simulated game of 45 pitches against hitters from the Mets' Gulf Coast League team on Thursday.

Pedro Martinez


Martinez had been slated to pitch Wednesday night for the St. Lucie Mets against the Brevard County Manatees.

"The plan is to try to simulate as close as possible to a real game," Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said.

Martinez, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, had rotator cuff surgery last Oct. 5 and threw to batters on June 26 for the first time after the operation. The 35-year-old right-hander likely will be scheduled for a minor league rehab start early next week.

In a move that may eventually make room for Martinez in the starting rotation, the Mets have moved starter Jorge Sosa to the bullpen.

Sosa was 6-1 in his first seven starts this season, but lost his last three starts in July. He pitched two innings of scoreless relief in the Mets' 13-inning loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Brian Lawrence, a call-up from Triple-A New Orleans, will pitch the series finale against the Brewers on Thursday.

Asked if Sosa would remain in the bullpen until Martinez returns, Ricco deferred to manager Willie Randolph.

"It would depend on how Willie sees it," Ricco said.

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