Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Pedro, Chavez Look Good in Rehab Start [David Stefanini]

Pedro Martinez finally had a rehab start to be pleased with. He allowed 2 unearned runs over 5 innings. His fastball topped out at 89 mph, which is an improvement from his previous starts.
After the game Pedro talked about his pitches, "I was very pleased with the way my sinker was working and also the curveball. It was very steady."
This was by far Pedro's best outing since his injury. His sinker and curveball were working very well, but I feel he is still having trouble locating his fastball and changeup. Expect Pedro to make another start for St. Lucie's within a week. If you are optimistic, Pedro could return by the first week of September. If you are a realist, Pedro will likely rejoin the Mets in the middle of September.

Endy Chavez, who is also working his way back from an injury looked very good as well. Chavez went 3-4 and scored a run. He didn't have his usual explosive speed, but he will get that as time moves on. He still needs to get his confidence. Once he is healthy, he will be a great addition for the Mets.

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