OMG! OMG! OMG! Pedro! Pedro! Pedro!
Apparently because Ruben Amaro Jr. said they are not negotiating with Martinez. Confused? Yeah, so am I. During yesterday’s interview at Yankee Stadium, somebody asked Amaro if they were still talking with Martinez. He said they were, but that is nothing new. The Phillies have had an open line of communication with Martinez for months. But Amaro stressed they are not negotiating with Martinez. He also said they don’t even know if Martinez has been throwing. (Not sure about that, but the “not negotiating” part is the important thing here.)
But after a report made it sound like the Phillies were talking about bringing him back, all hell broke loose. The Phillies are waiting for J.A. Happ to come back. They think he will. If he comes back and pitches like they hope he can pitch, there is less need for Martinez. If Jamie Moyer struggles like he struggled last year, then Martinez creeps back into the picture again.
Could Martinez be back with the Phillies at some point this season? It’s possible, but it’s certainly not imminent.
Chatted for about a minute with Chase Utley yesterday, which is about all one gets. Asked him if he’s been able to put a finger on why he’s been struggling so much the past month. “No,” he said. OK, but he’s certainly aware that whenever he struggles people start wondering if he is hurt. “Of course they do,” he said. So, is he hurt? “As far as I know I’m healthy, yes,” he said.
I’ve been told Utley is healthy, so if that’s true that’s Utley’s way of saying, “I’m tired of these silly questions. Move along.”