Martinez to start Game 2

Originally Published: October 15, 2009
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Pedro Martinez will start for the Phillies in Game 2 of the NLCS.

"It's a good ballpark for him," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said."He likes the moment. I actually like him better in this game than I did in the fourth game."

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Martinez is scheduled to pitch at Dodger Stadium on Friday. The 37-year-old right-hander made his major league debut with the Dodgers in 1992 and also played for Los Angeles in 1993 before he was traded to the Montreal Expos for Delino DeShields.

"It's going to be special, especially bringing back memories about my start here," Martinez said before Game 1 on Thursday night. "I was born in this place, and I hope this is not the last one that I pitch here, but if it is, it would be a great joy to actually do it in the same place I started."

Manuel said the Phillies will carry 11 pitchers instead 12 of because of the third off day in the series, and because the return of Chan Ho Park gives his team more bullpen depth. He also said the club added Eric Bruntlett because "we definitely needed another position player and somebody who can play all the defensive positions."

Martinez threw a simulated game Tuesday, facing backups Bruntlett and Greg Dobbs. He had been scheduled to start Game 3 of the division series against Colorado, but manager Charlie Manuel went with J.A. Happ instead when weather delayed the game a day.

Martinez has not pitched since Sept. 30 and has thrown four innings since Sept. 19. Martinez said Manuel has held him out as a matter of strategy.

"I totally understand," he said. "Charlie is probably going to ... get the best matchups he can get out there."

Right-hander Brett Myers is not on the 25-man roster against the Dodgers. Manuel said he was left off because he hasn't fully recovered from a "second-degree shoulder injury."

"This is another [round] for him to go down to the bullpen and work ... and see where he's at," Manuel said.

Myers, Manuel said, was unhappy about being benched.

"When I told him, he kinda looked at me and went like that [shrugged] and then he got up and left," Manuel said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.