Pedro says he hopes to pitch two or three more seasons

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The end is near. But not so fast.

Pedro Martinez, who returned to the Dominican Republic to be with his sick father, said Wednesday that he plans to stick around for at least two more seasons.

"I feel great physically and for the record I haven't considered retirement. Retirement would only take place if my arm is badly hurt and if I have to face surgery or something near that nature," Martinez told ESPNdeportes.com while visiting his father, Pablo Jaime, who has a form of brain cancer.

Earlier this week, Martinez told the New York Daily News that he was considering retiring after the current season because of his father's illness. His priority, according to published reports, was to spend more time with his family in the Dominican Republic.

"I have said this before and I'll say it again: I want to pitch at least for two or three more seasons," said the three-time Cy Young Award winner, who inched closer to a return to the New York Mets by throwing 4 1/3 innings in a simulated game Monday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Martinez had planned to rejoin the Mets for a bullpen session Wednesday. However, because of the family matter, he was forced to delay his plans to test his ailing hamstring.

"I'm completing the workouts and doing a great job. My arm feels excellent and the speed is showing, throwing well over the 90 mph mark," Martinez said.

Martinez was 3-1 with a 2.56 ERA in only five starts last season, returning in September after being sidelined since his October 2006 surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff.

Dionisio Soldevilla is a reporter for ESPNdeportes.com.